Girl Power! Women in Science and Ocean Advocacy

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Ciera Akins

Women in Science and Ocean Advocacy

Sylvia Earle, an American oceanographer and explorer. She was the first female chief scientist of NOAA, a pioneer of using SCUBA gear and designing deep-sea submarines, the first female explorer-in-residence for National Geographic, held the world record for the deepest untethered dive in 1979, has written over 100 scientific papers and many books, lectures around the world about the degradation of the ocean and how there’s still hope and has logged over 7,000 hours underwater. Read more about her at:

Madison Stewart, documentary filmmaker and shark advocate. At age 20 Madison filmed her documentary “Shark Girl” that won Best of Festival at the 2014 BLUE Ocean Film Festival. This film is about correcting the misperception of a species that is disappearing because of their reputation. You can never be too young to follow your passion and make a big difference. Read more about her at:

Angela Sun, a filmmaker, journalist and sportscaster. You don’t have to have a single career or a single passion. Angela has a career of being a sportscaster and journalist, but one day learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and dove headfirst into making her first documentary, “Plastic Paradise.” It can be seen on Netflix and was one of the documentary finalists at the 2014 BLUE Ocean Film Festival. She is also a world traveler, writer, surfer and inspiring role model.  Read more about her at:

Amy Bower, a physical oceanographer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute who is visually impaired. Amy doesn’t let her lack of eyesight get in the way of doing what she is passionate about; she lets her love of science push her through obstacles. She does research, goes on expeditions and started an outreach program called OceanInSight for visually impaired students to explore careers in science.

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