Dr. Sylvia Earle to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

August 4th, 2009

Dr. Sylvia Earle to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Sylvia Earle, an American oceanographer and former chief scientst of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, received the first “Lifetime Achievement Award,” from the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, on 19 August 2009.

Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Contribution to Science

Dr. Sylvia Earle’s contributions to education and the conservation of the world’s natural resources were recognized at a gala event that occured in the residence of the Governor of Bonaire. She has led numerous dives and activites that helped design the sustainable marine tourism of the island of Bonaire.

Dr Sylvia Earle’s Early Life and Current Work

Dr. Earle’s love for marine creatures dates back to er early life, where her parents taught her to respect wild creatures. Her fascination with the marine life flourished in college, where she learned how to SCUBA dive and enabled her to study marine enviroments first-hand. Dr. Earle is currently an Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society and head of the Google Ocean Advisory Council. She has done over 400 expeditions and spent more than 7000 hours underwater. She has made more than 125 published materials on marine science and technology throughout her entire career. Dr. Sylvia Earle also also participated in various television productions. Being an expert in oil spills, Dr. Earle has also led research trips during the Exxon Valdez and Mega Borg oil spill. She has also done reseaches during the Gulf War that focused on the effects of spills from war ships.

Sylvia Earle’s Awards and Acheivements

Aside from receiving Bonaire’s first “Lifetime achievement award,” Dr. Earle has also recived over 100 national and international awards. One of which is being Time magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet,” which she recieved in 1998. She was also Knighted into the Netherland’s Order of the Golden Ark by the Prince of the Netherlands last 1981. The Island that Honored her The Island of Bonaire is located 86 miles east of Aruba and offers sunshine all year long. It has a low annual average rainfall, beautiful coral formations, and the most dense fish population in the entire Caribbean. It is an ideal destination for marine explorers and beach-lovers alike. Bonaire is well-known for it’s exciting eco adventures such as SCUBA diving, snorkeling, kiteboarding, and other activites. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Earle, the island of Bonaire is still the number one dive destination in the Carribean and Atlantic, and continues to be recognized as a world leader in sustainable tourism.

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