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Dr. Sylvia Earle (Photo by Becky Hale)NEWPORT, R.I. - Dr. Sylvia Earle, called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by Time, will present "Exploring the Deep Frontier" at the Naval War College's next evening lecture on Monday, March 8, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. in Spruance Auditorium.

This event is the Contemporary Civilization Lecture, sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation through the generosity of the Colonel John A. and Eileen F. Carr Fund and Edwin S. Sofrenko Foundation.

Attendance at the event is limited and by invitation.  The deadline for reservations is March 5, 2010.  If you would like to receive information about upcoming lectures by e-mail, please provide your name and e-mail address to eveninglecture@usnwc.edu or call (401) 841-1068.

Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration. She has founded three companies, and serves on various boards, foundations, and
committees relating to marine research, policy, and conservation. She has authored more than 175 publications including her September 2009 book, The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One. She holds a PhD from Duke University and 17 honorary doctorates.

Earle’s work has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She has pioneered research on marine ecosystems, led more than 70 expeditions, logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, and holds numerous diving records, including the depth record for solo diving at 3,300 feet. She was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and played a key role in establishing marine protected areas globally, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Marine Monument—140,000 square miles of ocean that is home to more than 7,000 kinds of marine life.

Today, Earle is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society. She is a dedicated advocate for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them. Among the more than 100 national and international honors she has received is the coveted 2009 TED Prize for her proposal to establish a global network of marine protected areas. She calls these marine preserves “hope spots . . . to save and restore . . . the blue heart of the planet.”

“We’ve got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us.”
—Sylvia Earle

From Naval War College Public Affairs