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Jon Forrest Dohlin

Jon Forrest Dohlin

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Jon Forrest Dohlin, Director of the New York Aquarium, has been with the Wildlife Conservation Society since 1997. He was appointed Director of the New York Aquarium in January of 2008, and a WCS Vice President in 2010. Both a biologist and an architect by training, Dohlin has worked as an exhibit designer and project manager in WCS’s design department and a project manager with WCS Capital Construction prior to leading the aquarium. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Biology and received his MA from the Parsons School of Design in New York City. As Vice President and Director of the New York Aquarium, Dohlin oversees the care and exhibition of over 12,000 specimens representing 395 species. Under his tenure the aquarium has opened the New Conservation Hall, renovated Glovers Reef, begun construction on the $150M Ocean Wonders exhibit, and embarked on the three-year project to rebuild the aquarium post-Hurricane Sandy. In partnership with the WCS Global Marine Program, Dohlin guides the New York Seascape program based at the New York Aquarium, the first WCS field conservation program located in New York.