National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Patron of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Dr Sylvia Alice Earle (USA) is an American oceanographer. She served as Chief Scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1990 to1992 and is currently National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

Dr Earle has led more than 400 expeditions worldwide involving in excess of 7,000 hours under water in connection with her research. She is the author of more than 125 publications concerning marine science and technology, but also children’s books, has participated in numerous television productions and has given scientific, technical, and general interest lectures in more than 60 countries.

Dr Earle was named Time Magazine's first ‘hero of the planet’ in 1998. She is a Knight in the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, and serves on several boards, including Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI).

Dr Earle is one of IUCN’s greatest allies in marine conservation, and with her assistance IUCN is leading several campaigns to increase the number of marine protected areas and improve high seas governance.

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