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 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • National Geographic Explorer-in-residence • Dives, researches (w/submersibles) • Involved w/environmental causes
Greatest Contribution to Humanity • Research on Gulf of Mexico algae 1. Changes in marine habitats, worries for future
Personal/Professional Regrets A. Away from family constantly