‘Animal Planet’ Host, Leading Conservationist Jeff Corwin Discusses Conserving Our Planet at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Published: March 24, 2015

‘Animal Planet’ Host, Leading Conservationist Jeff Corwin Discusses Conserving Our Planet at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jeff Corwin, Emmy-winning Television Host, Author, and Biologist, addressed a packed house on topics pertaining to the loss of many animal species across the globe on Tuesday, March 24, during the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Spring 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series held in the Performing Arts Center.

Corwin, who is Host of “Animal Planet” and a Leading Conservationist, shared his presentation titled, “100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement.” Corwin has worked for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the globe. Through education and awareness, he believes these vital elements of our planet can be conserved for future generations.

“Jeff Corwin is one of my childhood heroes,” said Orlando Narvaez, a junior communication major at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “I grew up watching him on ‘Animal Planet’ and he is one of the reasons why I was obsessed with animals as a child. I hope that after listening to his lecture, I can learn how to help make the world a better place for wildlife and the environment.”

For nearly 20 years, Corwin has produced and hosted a variety of popular television series on the Disney Channel, Discovery Channel, NBC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and the Food Network. Presently, Corwin is Executive Producer and Host of the award-winning weekly series, “Ocean Mysteries,” airing weekends on ABC stations nationally. Each week on the show, Corwin opens viewers’ eyes to the extraordinary stories that lie beneath our oceans while enhancing our understanding about our ocean's life-sustaining value to the planet.

“This was a great opportunity for my children to come and see Jeff Corwin,” said Elizabeth Moench, a mother who homeschools her three children. “They are huge fans of ‘Ocean Mysteries’ and watch it all the time. They were very excited to come out to the Distinguished Speaker Series today.”

Corwin has served as an environmental and science correspondent for CNN, CBS, and NBC news. His wildlife and conservation work has been regularly featured on a variety of broadcasting networks including CNN, FOX, “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “CBS Morning Show,” “The Ellen Show,” “Rachael Maddows,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brian,” “Regis and Kelly,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Corwin has partnered with the Wittaker Center to produce the film, “Expedition Chesapeake,” and with Rodale to publish the book, “100 Heartbeats.” Beyond print, he has launched “Jeff Corwin's Explorer Series,” which consist of interactive, multi-media eBooks focusing on wildlife. He is also the author of “Living on the Edge: Amazing Relationships in the Natural World.”

Earlier in the day, Corwin addressed high school and college students during a free Student Forum which precedes the Distinguished Speaker Series event.

Each spring and fall, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Speaker Series brings accomplished national and international speakers to campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate conversation about the country’s most compelling issues. To learn more about Jeff Corwin and the Distinguished Speaker Series, go to http://dss.tamucc.edu/.

At the close of the program, Scientist and Inventor Bill Nye was announced as the next speaker, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21.

A portion of net proceeds from the Distinguished Speaker Series go toward scholarships for students attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Sign up to find out about our speakers at http://www.tamucc.edu/distinguishedspeakerseries/.