Sylvia Earle: National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence to speak at Penn State on March 1

100 Thomas Building, University Park

The Nittany Divers SCUBA Club will be hosting a presentation by Sylvia Earle at noon on Sunday, March 1, in 100 Thomas Building, to help bring awareness of ocean conservation initiatives to the Penn State community. The event is free, and open to the public.

Earle is an author, lecturer and current Explorer-in-Residence at National Geographic. In 1990, she was appointed the first female chief scientist of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and was a 2009 winner of the TED Prize. She has pioneered research on marine ecosystems and has led more than 100 expeditions totaling more than 7,000 hours underwater. Earle also played a key role in bringing increased support for U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries during the Clinton administration in 1999, and she is currently leading a global effort to develop networks of protected areas in the sea — “Hope Spots” — large enough to protect the blue heart of the planet.

Founded in 1967, the Nittany Divers SCUBA Club is a recognized student organization at Penn State that is dedicated to promoting the underwater world in a safe and sensible manner. Hosting distinguished speakers aids in efforts to increase awareness of ocean conservation and to promote immediate action steps needed to protect our waters.

This event is co-sponsored by the Sustainability Institute, the Council of Sustainable Leaders, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and the Department of Biology. More information and details are available on the PSU Nittany Divers SCUBA Club's website.