National Geographic Photographer to Speak at Ohio State: ‘Protecting Earth’s Biodiversity’

Joel Sartore

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A playful-looking giant panda cub, lying on its back with its paws in the air.

A flock of migrating sandhill cranes, white clouds billowing around them, as seen from their same high altitude.

A mountain stream choked with pandemic-killed frogs, a spotted owl perched in a clearcut forest, the gleaming brown eyes of an ocelot.

They’re some of the many images by award-winning National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, who speaks March 26 at The Ohio State University. It’s a kickoff to the university’s ongoing celebration of Earth Day in April.

Tickets are free, preregistration is required and as of March 5 less than 125 tickets remain out of the original 625. Register online at

Sartore’s presentation is titled “Protecting Our Earth’s Biodiversity through Images, Stories and Action.” Samples of his photos can be seen at

Barbara Revard, director of program planning for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, is also on the program. Her talk is called “Highlighting Central Ohio’s Contributions to Protecting Earth’s Biodiversity.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the program goes from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom West in the Ohio Union on Ohio State’s campus, 1739 N. High St. in Columbus. Further details are at

The Environmental Professionals Network, a service of the School of Environment and Natural Resources in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, is the host.

The event’s sponsors include a number of Ohio State groups and departments — SENR, Office of Energy and Environment, SENR Coalition of Student Organizations, Zoology Club, and Photography Enthusiast Society — and Erica Kay Photography and Dave Liggett Photography.

For more information, contact EPN Coordinator David Hanselmann at or 614-247-1908.

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