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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

Undersea Explorer and Marine Biologist

By Max S.

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


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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


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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


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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


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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?


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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


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Typical Day

  • National Geographic Explorer-in-residence

  • Dives, researches (w/submersibles)

  • Involved w/environmental causes


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Greatest Contribution to Humanity

  • Research on Gulf of Mexico algae

    1. Changes in marine habitats, worries for future


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Personal/Professional Regrets

A. Away from family constantly


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