Beacon Salon Lecture Series – Dr. Brian W. Ogle

“The Problem with Pandas”

Dr Brian W Ogle LectureLecture: Giant Pandas have captured the heart of many people around the world and have been a recognized symbol of conservation. During this thought provoking lecture, you will see why these animals have created controversy in the scientific community, caused zoologist to scratch their heads, and why they are a challenge for zoos. You may very well leave with a completely different perception and understanding of this adorable black and white animal.


Bio: Dr. Brian Ogle is an assistant professor of anthrozoology with specialties in zoos, aquariums, animal shelters, human-wildlife conflict and pet/animal ownership at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. — America’s first higher-education institution accredited to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences. Beacon College also is the second U.S. higher-education institution to offer an undergraduate major in anthrozoology.

Before Beacon, he served as director of adoptions for the Nebraska Humane Society, a large open-admissions shelter.

Ogle also worked for three years as a veterinary technician and has worked with mammals in a zoological setting using them for education programs and animal shows geared towards guests. His research has focused on visitor perceptions of aquariums and the animals displayed in aquariums.  And he also has expertise in human-elephant conflict issues and teaching about elephants.

Additionally, Ogle is an education advisor to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Felid Taxon Advisory Group, a former executive member-at-large for the Association of Professional Humane Educators, and a board member for the Humane Education Coalition. He served as program director at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, a camp director at Oxbow Animal Health, and director of placement and behavior at the Nebraska Humane Society.

Dr. Ogle earned an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology at Iowa Western Community College, his B.S. in Adult Education (with emphasis on biology) from Bellevue University, his M.S. in anthrozoology from Canisius College, and his Ed.D in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Central Florida.

Ogle has written for Humane Education Quarterly and wrote a quarterly column for Simply Pets Magazine.

His columns have been published in The Orlando Sentinel and Attractions Magazine.

He has been quoted by Best Life, Reader’s Digest, The Associated Press, Consumers Digest, The Orlando Sentinel,,,, Live Science,,,, Realtor Magazine,, Vantage Mobility International, Yahoo en Espanol,,,, LifeZette, Realtor Magazine,, and Discovery Channel Special Editions’ Shark Week Presents Sharks: The Ultimate Handbook, Pet Life Today, and Chicago Parent.

And he has been featured on Orlando television affiliate Fox 35.

He is also the 2016 Humane Educator of the Year for Animalearn, the educational division of the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS), works with educators, students, and others to achieve quality humane science education without the harmful use of animals.

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