Sylvia Earle

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Sylvia Alice Earle is an undersea explorer, marine biologist (specializing in botany), and author. Earle has done pioneering work in studying ocean life, and she has helped develop the equipment necessary for underwater exploration. During 50 underwater expeditions and over 6,000 hours underwater, Earle has discovered many new marine species and set many diving records. In 1970, Earle led a team of five aquanauts (underwater explorers) who lived for 2 weeks (during which they experienced an underwater earthquake) in an underwater laboratory in a U.S. government project named "Tektite II." She has discovered many underwater phenomena, including undersea dunes in the Atlantic Ocean off the Bahama Islands.

sylvia earle biography

Earle was the Curator of Psychology at the California Academy of Sciences (1979–1986) and a research associate at the University of California, Berkeley (1969–1981), Radcliffe Institute Scholar (1967–1969) and research fellow at Harvard University (1967–1981). After receiving her Ph.D. in 1966, Earle spent a year as a research fellow at Harvard, then returned to Florida as the resident director of the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory.[5] In 1969, she applied to join the Tektite Project, an installation fifty feet below the surface of the sea off the coast of the Virgin Islands that allowed scientists to live submersed in their area of study for up to several weeks. Although she had logged more than 1,000 research hours underwater, Earle was rejected from the program. The next year, she was selected to lead the first all-female team of aquanauts in Tektite II.[6]

In 1979, she made an open-ocean JIM suit dive to the sea floor near Oahu, setting a women's depth record of 381 metres (1,250 ft).[1][7] In 1979 she also began her tenure as the Curator of Psychology at the California Academy of Sciences, where she served until 1986.[5]

From 1980 to 1984 she served on the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere.

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The jim suit was used to explore the ocean without needing to come to the surface to get oxygen after long periods of time.
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Sylvia A. Earle is a former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a leading American oceanographer. She was among the first underwater explorers to make use of modern self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) gear, and identified many new species of marine life. With her former husband, Graham Hawkes, Earle designed and built a submersible craft that could dive to unprecedented depths of 3,000 feet.

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She enrolled at Florida State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in the spring of 1955. That fall she entered the graduate program at Duke University and obtained her master's degree in botany the following year. The Gulf of Mexico became a natural laboratory for Earle's work. Her master's dissertation, a detailed study of algae in the Gulf, is a project she still follows. She has collected more than 20,000 samples. "When I began making collections in the Gulf, it was a very different body of water than it is now—the habitats have changed. So I have a very interesting baseline," she noted in Scientific American.

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Earle’s nonprofit, Mission Blue, seeks to identify and protect certain vulnerable areas of marine life around the globe. She calls these areas “hope spots.” At present, Mission Blue has identified over 50 hope spots, including the Central Arctic Ocean, the Bahamian Reefs, the Gulf of California and the Micronesian Islands. In this way, she hopes to expand the public’s awareness about the importance of ocean conservation.
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