World-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 12

World-renowned oceanographer and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle will discuss ocean conservation in the Gulf of Mexico and its unique challenges and opportunities Feb. 12 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.


Earle’s Civic Scientist Lecture on “The Gulf of Mexico: Exploring and Caring for the Ocean That Unites Three Countries” will be at 6 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons. She will be introduced by Neal Lane, the senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute and the Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice. Her talk will be followed by a reception.

The Civic Scientist Lectures are presented by leading scientists and engineers from around the world who have impacted public policy. The goal of the series is to expose scientists and future scientists to the notion that their roles extend beyond the laboratory. The lectures also give the Houston community an opportunity to hear leading scientists discuss their fields and careers as they promote science and technology as a public good worthy of federal, state and local funding. The Civic Scientist Lecture program is managed by the Baker Institute’s Science and Technology Policy Program. For more information on the program, visit

This Shell Distinguished Lecture Series event is co-hosted by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and Rice’s Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the Center for the Study of the Environment and Society and the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center. Additional support for this event was provided by the JWC/JKH Family Foundation and its president, Janice Hartrick.

To view the complete event information, visit A live webcast will be available at

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