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Oceanographer Sylvia Earle Speaks at Bellarmine on April 10

Mar 20, 2012


Earth Day Lecture Features 'Her Deepness'


Credit: Kip Evans Photography

Sylvia A. Earle (Twitter: @sylviaearle), called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, brings her deep-sea expertise to Bellarmine University for an Earth Day lecture on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

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The free event takes place in the George G. Brown Center's Frazier Hall, and is sponsored by Bellarmine's Center for Regional Environmental Studies. [campus map]

Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer. She has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries and Ocean Conservancy.

Time Magazine has dubbed her a "Hero for the Planet."

Formerly the chief scientist of NOAA, Earle is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence. She has a bachelor's degree from Florida State University, and a master's and Ph.D. from Duke University.

Earle has authored more than 175 scientific, technical and popular publications including "Exploring the Deep Frontier," "Sea Change," "Wild Ocean," "The National Geographic Atlas of the Ocean" and "The World is Blue."

She has led more than 100 expeditions and logged nearly 7,000 hours underwater, with a record solo dive to 1,000 meters. She led the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project. Her research concerns marine algae and deep water ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

Earle has been awarded more than 100 national and international honors, including the 2009 TED Prize.

Bellarmine's Center for Regional Environmental Studies was founded in 2009. It provides the first undergraduate program in environmental studies in Louisville, leads campus-wide initiatives in environmental sustainability, provides a home for faculty research in environmental science and land use planning, and directs the Bellarmine Farm.

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