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About the Presenter:
From Antarctica to the tropical Pacific, Emmy-winning filmmaker Paul Atkins has documented the world's wildlife and cultures for National Geographic, the BBC, PBS, and numerous feature films. Paul is passionate about the preservation of the natural world, especially in his ecologically vulnerable island home, Hawai'i. His first National Geographic special, the multiple Emmy-winning Hawai'i: Strangers in Paradise, dramatized the threat of alien species invasion; and Michel Cousteau's Voyage to Kure, on which Paul served as director of photography, convinced President George W. Bush to designate the Northwestern Hawai'ian Islands as a National Monument in 2006.
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