Sylvia Earle | 2010
2010 Distinguished Explorer Announced

After leading over 60 ocean expeditions worldwide and logging more than 7,000 hours underwater, explorer Sylvia Earle came up for air in Beloit to receive the 2010 Roy Chapman Andrews Distinguished Explorer Award.

According to Dr. Earle, Beloit native Roy Chapman Andrews was a “personal hero since childhood.” Following Andrews’ example, Dr. Earle leads expeditions to remote parts of the globe and shares her discoveries with millions of people via print and electronic media.


Distinguished Explorer Award Presentation

  • Friday, February 5,  2010
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Eaton Chapel, Beloit College
  • FREE!  (bring the kids!)

    Sylvia Earle’s Presentation titled “Exploring the Deep Frontier”

    Her acceptance lecture emphasizes the fragile nature of the ocean which serves as a life support system for us all.

The program is free and open to the public.

School Program:

10:30 a.m.
Beloit Memorial High School

Dr. Earle will discuss her work with area high and middle school students in an assembly at Beloit Memorial High School in a presentation titled:

 “The World Is Blue”

Roy Chapman Andrews Society Student Program

“our fate and the ocean are one”

More about Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle Reception
Raised on a small farm in New Jersey, Sylvia Earle grew up exploring the nearby woods and studying plants and wildlife. She received scholarships for college and eventually earned a Ph.D. from Duke University. Now a world leader in ocean exploration and conservation, she has been called a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine, and “Her Deepness” by The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine.

She has received numerous scientific and environmental awards and prizes, honorary degrees, and TV profiles.

Sylvia Earle is passionately concerned with conservation and protection of the seas. She states that we are all connected to the sea: “our fate and the ocean are one.” Yet degradation, overfishing, and pollution are causing massive damage to the oceans, the world’s “life-support systems.” According to Earle, “there’s still time—but not a lot—to turn things around.”

Decades of overfishing, pollution, climate change, acidification and other human pressures threaten the fundamental nature of the ocean – and therefore threaten the future of humankind. Presently, less than three percent of the ocean is fully protected; just years ago, that number was around 1 percent. With concerted effort and passionate people, we can continue this positive trend and help create a global network of Hope Spots, the seeds of tomorrow’s healthy ocean.

Mission Blue (website)

Mission Blue (Website)