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Sylvia Earle. Undersea Explorer and Marine Biologist. By Max S. www.nationalgeographic.com/bookmarks/ earle/images/earle.jpg. Early Background Information. Born in rural Gibbstown, New Jersey in 1935 1948: Moved to Gulf of Mexico in Florida SCUBA diving

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sylvia earle

Sylvia Earle

Undersea Explorer and Marine Biologist

By Max S.

www.nationalgeographic.com/bookmarks/ earle/images/earle.jpg

early background information
Early Background Information
  • Born in rural Gibbstown, New Jersey in 1935
  • 1948: Moved to Gulf of Mexico in Florida
    • SCUBA diving
    • Florida State University Scholarship
  • Duke University Master’s Degree
    • Thesis on algae in Gulf of Mexico

-Resulting Ph.D. in 1966

-Continues research

making history
Making History
  • 1970 Tektite II project

1. Purpose: observing human adaptation in submarines

2. Led five female scientists

-Cataloged 153 plant species, 26 new

  • 1,250 foot solo dive in 1979

1. Used Jim suit

-Improved by her, husband Graham Hawkes

  • http://www.ocean.udel.edu/extreme2002/tools/discovery.html
leading woman
Leading Woman
  • Co founded Deep Ocean Engineering Inc.

1. Designs, builds submersibles

-Deep Rover

  • First Woman as Chief Scientist for NOAA
  • Over 90 research papers, 5 books, 6,000 diving hours

http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/nurp/images/nur07547.jpg

questions for sylvia earle
Questions for Sylvia Earle
  • What is it like to be submerged and to dive (e.g. first time you used a SCUBA)?
  • Did you ever feel you were being discriminated against because you were leading a field mostly dominated by men?
three descriptive words
Three Descriptive Words
  • Accomplished

1. Record-breaking dives, good education, uses own technology to succeed

  • Fearless

1. Thinks exploring unknown is chance to discover

  • Logical

1. Wanted to go deeper underwater

-Started company for submersibles

typical day
Typical Day
  • National Geographic Explorer-in-residence
  • Dives, researches (w/submersibles)
  • Involved w/environmental causes
greatest contribution to humanity
Greatest Contribution to Humanity
  • Research on Gulf of Mexico algae

1. Changes in marine habitats, worries for future

personal professional regrets
Personal/Professional Regrets

A. Away from family constantly