SPC alumna @SylviaEarle Oceanographer/Environmentalist #WeAreSPC

Sylvia Earle notable alumni art

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SPC alumna Sylvia Earle is an award-winning oceanographer, aquanaut and author. A National Geographic explorer-in-residence, Earle is most recently known for her work to safeguard the oceans with Mission Blue.

Earle’s Mission Blue initiative aims to increase protected areas of the ocean from today’s level of four percent up to 20 percent by the year 2020. St. Petersburg College is proud of Sylvia Earle and many of our alumni and current science students who are committed to learning about how to save the planet.

“I wish you would use all means at your disposal – films, expeditions, the web, new submarines – to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet,” said Earle in this 2009 TED Prize presentation.

The images alone on this presentation are riveting.

Earle earned her A.A. degree from then St. Petersburg Junior College in 1953. She then  transferred to Florida State University where she earned a bachelor of science degree. She later went on to earn her masters and doctoral degrees from Duke University.

To celebrate her work, LEGO released a Mission Blue LEGO set with a miniature of Sylvia Earle. Follow her on Twitter.

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