Noted oceanographer Sylvia Earle will discuss her efforts to raise awareness about the state of the planet’s oceans and her efforts to protect them when she speaks at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at Mayo Performing Arts Center.
The event is free and made possible by the support of BASF. Even though it is a free event, tickets are required. Tickets are available at www.mayoarts.org.
In addition to the evening event, Earl will speak to students at a 10:30 a.m. students-only lecture. For schools interested in attending, contact 973-539-0345, ext 6556.
Earle, a National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, called “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker and The New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and “First Hero for the Planet” by Time, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Oceanic Society and Ocean Futures.
Former Chief Scientist of NOAA, Earle is the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, chairwoman of the Advisory Council of the Harte Research Institute, the Ocean in Google Earth, a founding Ocean Elder, and leader of the NGS Sustainable Seas Expeditions.
She has led more than 100 ocean research expedition, logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, set a record for solo diving to 1,000 meters, and led the first team of women aquanauts, living under the ocean during the Tektite Project in 1970 and in nine other saturation dives, most recently in July, 2012.
Her research concerns marine 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.