Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer

“Sylvia Earle, called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and the first “Hero for the Planet,” is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist. Former chief scientist of NOAA, Earle is founder of the Mission Blue Foundation and chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. She has a B.S. from Florida State University, an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Duke University.

Earle has led more than 60 expeditions and logged more than 6,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970 and setting a record for solo diving to a depth of 1,000 meters (3,300 feet). Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.”
National Geographic, Explorer in Residence

BBC News Interview: “Ocean’s at risk because of luxury tastes”
Sylvia Earle discusses ocean conservation and the effects of commercial fishing: “It’s like using a bulldozer to catch songbirds out of a forrest”

Sylvia Earle’s TED Prize Wish talk which led to The Mission Blue Project

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