CORPUS CHRISTI – Audiences dove into the magic of the sea during the spring 2017 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer and famed explorer.

Earle spoke to Islander students and the Coastal Bend community on Thursday, March 2 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) for her talk titled, “Exploring and Caring for the Earth’s Magnificent Ocean.”

Earle is a Founding Advisory Board Chair for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, has lectured in 90 countries and logged more than 7,000 hours under the deep blue sea. She is also a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, a Time Magazine’s first Hero of the Planet and a Library of Congress Living Legend. She is a leader of the National Geodetic Survey Sustainable Seas Expeditions, founder of Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance, founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, a founding Ocean Elder and former Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Each spring and fall, the A&M-Corpus Christi Distinguished Speaker Series brings accomplished national and international speakers to campus to provide insight, provoke thought and stimulate conversation about the country’s most compelling issues. Past speakers include Dr. Brian Greene, American theoretical physicist and string theorist, Astronaut Fred Haise and Legendary NASA Flight Control Director Gene Kranz, and Inventor and Emmy Award-winning Television Host Bill Nye.

Sponsors for this Distinguished Speaker Series include Convergent Broadcasting, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, La Palmera, KRIS Communications, Cooper Outdoor, AEP Texas, Whataburger, Flint Hills, V Boutique Hotel and the David B. Terk Wildlife Conservation Foundation.