Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle is a renowned marine biologist and explorer-in-residence at
the National Geographic Society. She has pioneered research on marine
ecosystems, led more than 70 expeditions, and holds numerous diving
records, including the depth record for solo diving at 3,300 feet. Earle
was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and has played a key role in
establishing marine protected areas globally. She also is the author of
more than 175 publications, including Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas
(2008), and her newest book, The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the
Ocean’s Are One.
Named by Time magazine as the first “hero
for the planet” in 1998, Earle has received more than 100 national
and international awards and honors including the coveted 2009 TED
Prize.