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Press Release for Thursday, November 3, 2005

National Geographic Deep Sea Explorer Speaks at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, an explorer in residence for National Geographic Deep Ocean Exploration, will speak on “Sustainable Seas: The Vision, The Reality,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the University of North Florida Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall.

This John and Sarah Bailey Conservation Lecture, sponsored by UNF’s Department of Biology and the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience of the University of Florida, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Earle, known as “Her Deepness,” is a scientist, explorer, environmental advocate and was captain of the first team of female aquanauts on a two-week diving expedition off the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1970. She has been part of more than 50 expeditions and has spent more than 6,000 hours under the ocean.

From 1980 to 1984, Earle served on the President's Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere and in 1990, she was appointed as chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She later founded Deep Ocean Exploration and Research to design, operate, support and consult on manned and robotic sub sea systems.

Earle received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University as well as a master’s and PhD from Duke University. She has been awarded numerous honorary degrees from several universities and colleges, including Ball State University, Washington College and Florida International University. For seven years, Earle was curator of phycology at California Academy of Sciences and a research associate for 12 years at the University of California Berkeley.

A Radcliff Institute Scholar and Research Fellow at Harvard University, Earle is also the author of “Wild Ocean,” which showcases 12 marine sanctuaries open to visitors and 18,000 square miles of ocean brimming with rare plant life, creatures and coral reefs.

For more information or if you are a person with a disability and require assistance to participate in the lecture, contact Aileen Miller at (904) 620-1131 at least five days in advance so your needs can be accommodated.