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Sylvia Earle, Hero for the Ocean

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle is probably more at home under the sea than she is on dry land. At least, that’s where this National Geographic Explorer in Residence has made her biggest impact as a scientist and storyteller. Called by Time Magazine a “Hero for the Planet”, Earle has been featured in numerous National Geographic articles, books, and television documentaries. She runs a nonprofit, Mission Blue, to “ignite public support for a network of marine protected areas.” More than 200 respected ocean conservation groups and like-minded organizations, from large multinational companies to individual scientific teams doing important research, have joined her alliance.

DR. SYLVIA EARLE EXPLORES THE SEAFLOOR IN A SUBMERSIBLE, WHILE A DIVER WITH A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FLAG SWIMS NEARBY. BOTH ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE SUSTAINABLE SEAS EXPEDITION OF 1999. PHOTOGRAPHs COURTESY OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TELEVISION.

In this video, President Obama and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle talk about a shared interest in diving after the president created the world’s largest marine protected area.

In this next video, Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean — and shocking stats about its rapid decline — as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

In Her Words: Sylvia Earle on Women in Science

Read an interview with Sylvia on the National Geographic Society’s Education site.

National Geographic Magazine: Sylvia Earle and Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about the seas and stars.

For more information on Sylvia Earle and other National Geographic explorers, dig through our timeline here.

Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media. David Braun edits the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. Follow David on Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

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