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Sustainable Seas: The Vision, The Reality

Saturday, October 15, 2016 @ 3:00 PM-4:30 PM


Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World (Zoo North Entrance), 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot – Click Venue Below for Directions)

Sustainable Seas is being brought to you by:
Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in partnership with the Saint Louis Zoo and The Academy of Science – St. Louis.

Free and OPEN to ALL.  Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Paid parking in Zoo lots. Parking for cars is free on the Forest Park streets around the Zoo.

Featured Speaker: Sylvia A. Earle, Ph.D., renowned American oceanographer, aquanaut, author and lecturer, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, former Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

TIME Magazine’s first, Hero for the Planet, and one of the world’s foremost and beloved experts in oceanography, Dr. Sylvia Earle, discusses a variety of conservation issues and her vast experience in deep-sea exploration. Affectionately referred to as “Her Deepness” and “The Sturgeon General,” this accomplished and tireless advocate of undersea research through personal exploration has led more than 100 sea expeditions; logged more than 7,000 hours underwater; helmed the first all-female research expedition team of aquanauts during the 1970s’ Tektite Project; participated in ten saturation dives; and in July 2012, set a record for solo diving in 1,000-meter depth.

Dr. Earle’s work focuses on the exploration and conservation of marine ecosystems and the development and use of new technology to explore the deep sea and other remote environments. She’s conducted pioneering research on algae, probed the ecology of coral reefs, set records for deep diving, tracked marine mammals, and lobbied for the creation of marine sanctuaries. Her special focus on developing a global network of protected areas on both land and sea to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services, to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change, led to a 2009 TED prize.

NGS Picture ID:32109She is the subject of the 2014 Netflix film, Mission Blue, founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc. (DOER), and the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) / Mission Blue, Chair of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute, and leader of the National Geographic Society and NOAA Sustainable Seas Expeditions. Earle recently led the Google Ocean Advisory Council, a team of 30 marine scientists providing content and scientific oversight for the Ocean in Google Earth.

Don’t miss hearing from this pioneering oceanographer the Library of Congress calls a “Living Legend,” on saving the blue heart of our planet.

“On a sea floor that looks like a sandy mud bottom, that at first glance might appear to be sand and mud, when you look closely and sit there as I do for a while and just wait, all sorts of creatures show themselves, with little heads popping out of the sand. It is a metropolis.”

— Sylvia Earle

Sustainable Seas is a Conservation Conversation public science seminar presentation being brought to you by the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in partnership with the Saint Louis Zoo and The Academy of Science – St. Louis.



Saturday, October 15, 2016
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
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Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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