Sylvia Earle

An Oceanographer and a Underwater Explorer

Meet Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle was born on August 30, 1935 in Gibbs town, New Jersey. Sylvia Earle learned many things about wildlife from her parents. When she was at the age of 13 her family and Sylvia moved to Clear Water, Florida. Sylvia loved it there and she was very interested in the wildlife of the Florida Gulf coast. When Sylvia was in college she learned how to scuba dive and was eager to study marine life. She earned her Master's degree at Duke's University and decided to start a family. After that, she left home for six weeks to join an expedition in the Indian Ocean funded by the National Science Foundation. The number of scientific expeditions took Sylvia all around the world. During the time 1968, Sylvia was the first woman scientist to look out through the porthole of a submarine as she dived down 100 feet (30 meters) in the submersible Deep Diver.

Sylvia Earle's Marine Life Exploration

Things that led to Sylvia's Career

1. In the 1970’s Sylvia Earle traveled the world with scientific expeditions in Panama, China. She traveled in the Indian Ocean, the Galapagos, and the Bahamas. While she was on her expedition, she met the underwater photographer Al Giddings and they began to collaborate on a number of projects.



2.In 1979 Sylvia made her famous untethered walk on the ocean floor. She walked in a special suit called the JIM suit. It is a pressurized metal suit that resembles a space suit. On the ocean floor she walked for 2 and a half hours. The depth was 1,250 ft (381 meters). The only communication line was a submersible.



3. In the 1990’s Sylvia was the Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric (NOAA). She is currently an Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society.

Here are facts about Sylvia Earle's Underwater Exploration.

1.She has authored more than 190 scientific, technical, and popular publications; lectured in more than 80 countries; and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.


2.Sylvia Earle has lead more than 100 expeditions. She has also logged more than 7,000 hours. She lead the first team of women aquanauts during the tektite project in 1970; participating in ten saturation dives, most recently in 2012; and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000-meter depth. 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.


3. During the early 1980s Sylvia found Deep Ocean Engineer and Deep Ocean Technology with the British explorer Graham's Hawks, together they designed submersible Deep Rover which is a vehicle capable of reaching depths of 914 meters.


4.Sylvia Earle served on the national advisory committee on oceans and atmosphere between 1980 and 1984. Between 1990 and 1992 Earle was chief scientist at the national oceanic and atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the first women to serve that position.

Here are two fun facts that you didn't know about Sylvia Earle.

1.Sylvia Earle set the record for the deepest dive without a tether during her famous underwater walk in the JIM suit.


2. Sylvia Earle is an national geographic society Explorer- in- Residence affectionately referred to as “Here deepness” and “The Sturgeon General.”

Here is an amazing and interesting video to watch about Sylvia Earle's Exploration

Exploring Turneffe's Marine Biodiversity with Dr. Sylvia Earle

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