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Sylvia Earle – Oceanographer

Sylvia Earle Outdoor Portrait Credit Todd Brown

Named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine, accomplished scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle is a staunch advocate for and eloquent champion of our ocean. Sylvia has achieved an impressive number of firsts—including setting the world untethered diving record, descending 1,250 feet beneath the ocean surface; and serving as the first female chief scientist for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She was also National Geographic’s first female explorer-in-residence and founded Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, a marine consulting firm. In 2008, Sylvia founded nonprofit Mission Blue for marine protection, where she is still president and chairperson. Sylvia holds MA and PhD degrees from Duke University and 32 honorary degrees, and has received over 100 national and international honors and awards.

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Saving Our Blue Planet

Immerse yourself in Dr. Sylvia Earle’s inspiring mission to save the ocean, one “Hope Spot” at a time. With over 7,500 hours of underwater exploration logged, Sylvia transcends borders and ideologies to advise world leaders on vital marine conservation laws and crisis response. Through her tireless efforts, she hopes to empower us all to understand the impact of our actions on the ocean and its fragile ecosystems. Despite the stresses we have placed upon it, Sylvia believes humans can also be the ocean’s greatest champions. Come aboard and discover how we can all contribute to the ocean’s survival.