Sylvia Earle, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society and former chief scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), addressed a capacity audience during her talk on August 13, 2009, at the Nantucket Atheneum, many of whom had received a copy of Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans, as customers of Mitchell's Book Corner and Nantucket Bookworks.
Dr. Earle has been a lifelong advocate for undersea research. She has been widely recognized and honored for her work to raise public awareness of the effects of pollution and environmental degradation on the ocean and to establish global network of marine protected areas.
Dr. Earle, also author of children’s books, Hello, Fish! and Dive!, began her afternoon at the Atheneum by sharing a slide show with children and their families.