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Docent of the Deep

On August 30, 1935, marine biologist and oceanographer Sylvia Alice Earle was born. She has spent four decades of undersea exploration and has led underwater research expeditions not only for oceanographic research societies but also for investigations into oil spill impact. Serving a term as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Earle was responsible for monitoring the condition of U.S. waters. A record-holding solo diver, she is an Explorer-in-Residence for the National Geographic Society.

Author of over 150 publications for audiences of academic peers, adults, and children, Earle has given technical, scientific, and popular interest lectures in 60 countries and participated in many television productions. Through print and other media formats, she highlights the global ocean and its ecosystems to engage every level of audience and government to see through her eyes. Earle continues to advocate for the health of ocean ecosystems as the keystone to the existence of life on Earth.

Among the honours and awards that serve to acknowledge her vision and achievement are the TED Prize [Technology, Entertainment and Design] and the Patron’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, for her pursuit and promotion of ocean science and exploration.

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