Women in science we admire
Sylvia Earle nominated by Kathy Willis
Sylvia Earle has been a research associate at the University of California and a research fellow at Harvard University. In 1990, Sylvia was the first female Chief Scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and has been a National Geographic ‘explorer in residence’ since 1998. Sylvia and her husband established a research submarine organisation ‘Deep Ocean Engineering’. In 2009 she founded Mission Blue, a non-government organisation who’s aim is to form marine protected areas and raise awareness on the importance of protecting our oceans.
I discovered Sylvia during my undergrad years. Her relentless passion and determination for exploring and conserving our oceans was a major driver and inspiration for the research I do today. I became a scientific diver during my undergrad. Through my diving I have witnessed first-hand the damage humans are causing to marine and coastal life. Damage that particularly caught my attention was marine debris. Consequently I am now completing a phd on the prevention of marine debris. A quote by Sylvia which has stuck with me/inspired me throughout my research is “the ocean is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system…it’s the blue heart of the planet. We should take care of our heart".