Dr. Sylvia Earle,
Founder and Chair, Mission Blue Sylvia Earle Alliance
• Opening Keynote Address
• Conservation panels to be announced
• Presentation of BLUE’s Sylvia Earle Award for Outstanding Ocean Advocacy at BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony
Sylvia A. Earle is widely recognized as one of the world’s most influential ambassadors for the ocean. She was the first recipient of BLUE’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Outstanding Ocean Advocacy, which was named in her honor.
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” by Time Magazine, Dr. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer.
She received the prestigious TEDPrize in 2009, which spurred Mission Blue and The Sylvia Earle Alliance, focused on “igniting public support for a global network of marine protected areas—hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.”
Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence and was instrumental in adding the oceans layer to Google Earth.
An oceanographer, explorer, botanist, biologist, author, and lecturer, Earle has worked as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations: 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, and Ocean Conservancy.
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 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 7,000 hours underwater with a record solo dive to 1000 meters and nine saturation fives, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project.
Her research concerns marine algae and deepwater 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.
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