Jay Barnes is director of development for the North Carolina Aquarium Society. He has worked with the Aquariums since 1980, and was director of the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for more than twenty years.
He is a graduate of N.C. State University’s College of Design, and holds a master’s degree in advertising from Syracuse University. He is author of several books and articles on hurricanes, including North Carolina’s Hurricane History, now in its third edition, Florida’s Hurricane History, now in its second edition, and Faces From the Flood: Hurricane Floyd Remembered, co-authored by State Treasurer Richard Moore.
As a hurricane historian, he lectures widely on U.S. hurricanes, and has appeared in various productions for The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, and others. Barnes lives in Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.