Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer and explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society. She is called "Her Deepness" by The New Yorker and the New York Times, and a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, as well as Time magazine's first "Hero for the Planet." She is leader of the Sustainable Seas Expeditions and chairs advisory councils for The Harte Research Institute and for the Ocean in Google Earth. She received her PhD from Duke University and has received 21 honorary PhDs. She is a 2009 recipient of the coveted TED prize, for her proposal to establish a global network of marine protected areas, or "hope spots… to save and restore...the blue heart of the planet."
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