National Geographic LIVE! In Seattle

Now in its 16th year in Seattle, the series presents five of National Geographic’s most dynamic explorers, scientists, archaeologists and photographers, each sharing stories from the front lines of exploration. Award-winning video and digital images animate the presentations, which conclude with a question-and-answer session with audience members.

Each speaker will give two evening presentations on Monday and Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium. Individual tickets to the evening presentations are now available and start at $14 for students/$19 for adults. Each speaker will also give one matinee presentation on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall; tickets to these matinee presentations are sold out. Subscriptions to the five-part series, which offers savings over the price of single tickets, are still available.

The 2013 season will kick off on January 13, 14 and 15 with marine ecologist Enric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who will share stories and images from our planet’s last undisturbed underwater habitats, which he is committed to preserving. On February 24, 25 and 26, polar explorer and audience favorite Børge Ousland will bring larger-than-life stories, videos and images from his recent adventures in both the Arctic and Antarctic to Benaroya Hall. Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner — National Geographic 2012 Explorer of the Year — will take the stage on March 17, 18 and 19 to tell the story of her historic summit of K2, an achievement that made her the first woman in history to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. On April 28, 29 and 30, photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes will recount their adventures in the New Guinea rain forest as they documented the dazzling birds of paradise. Concluding the series on May 19, 20 and 21, archaeologist William Saturno will share the fascinating stories behind his latest finds in jungles of Guatemala and how they alter our view of the ancient Maya.

2013 National Geographic Live! SEATTLE Speaker Series

Pristine Seas: Exploring Underwater Edens

Marine Ecologist Enric Sala

Sunday, January 13, at 2 p.m.

Monday, January 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, left his academic career to take an active role in reversing the decline he witnessed in the oceans. Since 2005, Sala has fulfilled his passion to make a difference by leading National Geographic’s Pristine Seas expeditions. His mission: to find, survey, and protect the last healthy, undisturbed places in the ocean. His destination: underwater edens found outside the reach of shipping lanes, fisheries and other human interference. Sala believes that when we understand how healthy marine ecosystems work, we can help damaged ecosystems recover. To highlight — and save — some of our planet’s most remarkable underwater worlds, he and his team have conducted scientific expeditions to the Cocos Islands off Costa Rica, the Salas y Gómez Islands near Easter Island, and the central Pacific’s Line Islands. Most recently, he visited the Pitcairn Archipelago, legendary home of the HMS Bounty mutineers. Making 450 dives, Sala’s team discovered a paradise below the waves, where 90 percent of the sea bottom is covered with healthy coral. Join Sala as he recounts his adventures as a global marine conservationist. Enjoy a stunning visual kaleidoscope of dazzlingly colored fish and lightning-quick reef sharks. Hear the stories behind his successful efforts to restore the oceans to health and beauty

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