The inaugural Explorers & Innovators Lecture Series at FIU kicks off with the one-of-a-kind Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer and president and founder of Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance.


Earle is called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker, a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and was named the first Hero for the Planet by Time magazine. She’s led hundreds of research expeditions spending more than 7,000 hours underwater. Today, Earle is president and founder of Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance and has been a National Geographic Explorer in Residence since 1988. She was also the first female chief scientist for NOAA. Earle continues to spread her message across the globe through lectures and documentaries, reminding people the continued decline in the health of our oceans is preventable, not inevitable.


Monday, Nov. 1
SASC Auditorium

4 pm
Welcome Guests

4:35 pm
Opening Remarks, Executive Dean Michael Heithaus

4:40 pm
Women Explorer Award Presentation, Dr. Mireya Mayor

4:55 pm
Introduction of Dr. Sylvia Earle

5 pm
Dr. Sylvia Earle's Lecture 

Q&A Session 

Closing Remarks


Dr. Mike Heithaus

Dr. Heithaus is executive dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education and a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. A marine ecologist specializing in predator-prey interactions and the ecological importance of sharks and other large marine species, Heithaus is the principal investigator and co-principal investigator on grants totaling $28 million. His research leverages a number of cutting-edge technologies, including drones and animal-borne cameras, to unravel the mysterious lives of hard-to-study marine creatures.


Dr. Mireya Mayor

Dr. Mayor is an anthropologist, author, National Geographic Explorer, National Science Foundation Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar who has spent most of her career reporting on wildlife and habitat loss while advocating for solutions to the alarming trends. She is also a twice-Emmy-nominated wildlife correspondent, and the author of Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer, which chronicles her unconventional career path.