Dr. Brian L. Davis, president of Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium, will be speaking this Wednesday at the meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Wilton.

A lifelong ocean lover, Davis joined the Maritime Aquarium in December of 2014. He was previously at the Georgia Aquarium as vice president of education and training and a member of the executive team reporting to the executive director. In that capacity he was involved in the operations and strategy of one of the world’s largest aquariums. Davis was the eighth team member to join the Georgia Aquarium and was integral in the Aquarium’s design and the development of the guest experience for what was the world’s largest at the time.

Davis began his career at New York Aquarium as an educator, after graduating from Rutgers University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science. He later relocated to Atlanta where he joined the Education Department at Zoo Atlanta. While at the zoo, he worked to bring education programs into alignment with state and national curriculum standards, directed advertising to achieve the revenue goals for the department, as well as designed and implemented science-related professional development programs for K-12.

He later earned his Master’s of Education degree in Secondary Science Education from Georgia State University. As a graduate student, he created a student/teacher curriculum for, and organized local implementation of, GenScope, a computer-based genetics program for high school students.

A New Jersey native, Dr. Davis has fond memories of enjoying family vacations at the shore, where his passion for the ocean was ignited. The youngest of four boys, he jokes, “I had to fight my way into the ocean, and sometimes fight my way back out.” On a more serious note he says, “My career has been a forum for me to explore the ocean.”

Founded in 1951, Wilton Kiwanis is the town’s oldest service club. To find out more about attending the lunch meeting as a guest, contact Bud Taylor at 203.354.0208.