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.