Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (SEA) / Mission Blue, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc. (DOER), Chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Author of more than two hundred publications and leader of more than one hundred expeditions with over seven thousand hours underwater, Dr. Earle is a graduate of Florida State University with MA and PhD degrees from Duke University and twenty-seven honorary doctorates.
Her research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technology for access to the deep sea. She is the subject of the Emmy® award-winning Netflix documentary Mission Blue, and the recipient of more than one hundred national and international honors and awards including being named Time Magazine’s first Hero for the Planet, a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, 2014 UNEP Champion of the Earth, Glamour Magazine’s 2014 Woman of the Year, member of the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, and winner of the 2009 TED Prize, the Walter Cronkite Award, the 1996 Explorers Club Medal, the Royal Geographic Society 2011 Patron’s Medal, and the 2013 National Geographic Hubbard Medal.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Twenty-First Century Aquariums and Zoos: Windows into the Wild
A response to "How can zoos and aquariums foster cultures of care and conservation?"