Oceanographer Sylvia Earle chats about COVID-19’s environmental impacts

Sylvia Earle at Aquarius Reef Base.

Lifelong oceanographer Sylvia Earle has always focused on the importance of conservation. Earle was part of an expedition at the world’s only undersea research laboratory, Aquarius Reef Base, during the celebration of 50 years of living beneath the sea. Even though her diving days are over, Earle still shares her research and the significance of keeping our planet healthy.

Earle and her daughter, Liz Taylor, recently discussed the emergence of COVID-19 and its toll on the planet’s natural systems. They dive into how we can take action to protect and restore our planet and hinder pandemics like this from happening again.

View part 1 and part 2 of the discussion on Ocean Elder’s YouTube channel.

In part because of Aquarius and the research conducted there, FIU has been ranked No. 9 in the world for positive impact on life below water by The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. The university ranked third in the United States and is the only institution in the state of Florida to make the list.