REPORTING: RABBIT ZIELKE
Dr. Sylvia Earle has been working and living under the water for much of her life. She is a world-renowned oceanographer and scientist that has mastered the art of bringing science alive through her books, lectures, and informative articles. As explorer in residence for National Geographic, Dr. Earle continues to explore the depths of the ocean and enhance mankind’s understanding of our own role in saving these valuable resources.
During a recent visit to the Tennessee Aquarium, Dr. Earle brought her understanding of the challenge facing the Gulf of Mexico as the impacts of this oil disaster are only beginning to come to light. While working as the chief scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle had first hand experience in oil spills with disasters like the Exxon Valdez. The lessons learned from previous disasters have helped shaped the scientific response to what is currently happening.
One of the current projects Dr. Earle has begun is Mission Blue , a nonprofit organization working to establish Hope Spots in the ocean which are protected nature preserves in the sea. Through Mission Blue everyone can get involved in some level to protect the natural resources of the ocean and by doing so, protect our future.
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