Human Effects on the Oceans

Introduction:

Sylvia A. Earle received a Ph.D. from Duke University in 1966. she has served on the faculties of the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University; from 1980 to 1984 she served on the President's Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere; in 1990 she was appointed Chief Scientist of NOAA. In 1992 she founded Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, a company to design, operate, and consult on manned and robotic sub sea systems. She is also currently explorer in residence for the National Geographic Society.

Dr. Earle has led more than fifty expeditions worldwide involving in excess of 6000 hours underwater. She led the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970 and holds a depth record for solo diving of 1000 meters. She is the author of more than one hundred publications and has received numerous honors, honorary degrees, and awards. The following is her address to the members of the Ecological Society of America at their annual meeting in Spokane, Washington, August 8, 1999.

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