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Sylvia A. Earle, called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Ocean Futures, Ocean Conservancy, and Seacology. She is the Founder and Chair of the Sylvia Earle Alliance and Mission Blue Foundation.

Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Founder of SEAlliance, Mission Blue, and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., principal science adviser for One World One Ocean and Chairs Advisory Councils for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies; the Ocean in Google Earth; the Marine Science and Technology Foundation and the Schmidt Research Vessel Institute. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, 19 honorary degrees, has lectured in more than 80 countries, appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions and has authored more than 175 scientific, technical and popular publications
including Exploring the Deep Frontier, Sea Change, Wild Ocean, Dive, The National Geographic Atlas of the Ocean and The World is Blue.

Dr Earle has led more than 100 expeditions and logged nearly 7000 hours underwater with a record solo dive to 1000 meters and nine saturation dives including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project. Her research concerns marine algae and deep water ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

She has been awarded more than 100 national and international honors including the 2009 TED Prize, the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Academy of Achievement, and medals from the Explorers Club, the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Lindbergh Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Sigma Xi, Barnard College, Society of Women Geographers, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Natural Resources Council.

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Can We Stop Killing Our Oceans Now, Please?

(7) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 9:59 PM

Human beings are sea creatures, dependent on the oceans just as much as whales, herring or coral reefs. The big blue area that dominates the view of earth from space was once our home and today represents 97 percent of the biosphere where life exists, providing the water we drink...

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Save the Polar Bears, Save Ourselves

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 3:06 PM

For thousands of years humans have found ways to respond to the challenges of living in a frozen world of the Arctic. But even the oldest human cultures in the far north have been preceded by thousands of millennia by creatures exquisitely adapted to a realm where water, the single...

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The Public Sides With Point Reyes Wilderness

(69) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 12:52 PM

This month, the National Park Service released the results of its final public input process that will inform its upcoming decision on the fate of wilderness protection at Drakes Estero, within the spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore. The outcome is good news for the Seashore, its marine plants and wildlife,...

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Earth Has a Heart -- It's Blue

(7) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 10:37 AM

On April 6, more than 100 global leaders -- scientists, businessmen and women, policymakers, communicators, and others -- will embark on the first Mission Blue expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad ship, Endeavor, for several days of deliberation about the intertwined future of the ocean and...

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Protecting the Earth's Blue Heart

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2009 | 3:45 PM

50 years ago, when I began exploring the ocean, nobody imagined that anything we might do to or take from the ocean would affect its overall health. Now we know better. We know, for example, that we've taken more than 90 percent of many commercially exploited species from the sea,...

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