The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Liz Taylor + Dr. Sylvia Earle at the DOER Marine

In the coming weeks, the SETI Institute will release some of the short videos and trailers developed in house at the SETI Institute by our Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun as part of the project The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking which deals with the contemporary debates on astrobiology and terraforming. Two areas of expertise developed at the SETI Institute by our world class scientists.

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THE LIFE, THE SEA AND THE SPACE VIKING// Liz Taylor + Dr.Sylvia Earle at the DOER Marine

Within this snippet Nelly meets with Dr. Sylvia Earle and her daughter Liz Taylor. Sylvia, an ocean explorer introduces us to extremophiles from a human perspective. Liz Taylor discusses with Nelly the Doer Marine Submersibles and how they would fit the Space Viking Mission.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist and Explorer

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Futures. Earle has led more than a hundred expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970. 

Liz Taylor, President, Doer Marine

Liz Taylor is the President and CEO of DOER Marine. Over the past seventeen years Taylor, along with husband Ian Griffith, have grown DOER from a consulting and field services firm to a full service engineering solutions company, occupying a fifty five thousand square foot historic building in the Alameda Marina. Liz runs Project Deepsearch an endeavor to build a human occupied submersible capable of full ocean depth, providing unlimited ocean access to science. Advanced materials including glass are central to the program. The HOV 1000 design leveraged the Deepsearch R&D program for a smaller, 1000m rated, submersible. Liz has field experience in Expeditions throughout the Pacific Islands, Galapagos, Easter Island, Socorro Islands, Bahamas and Nether land Antilles, Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, Gulf of California, Alaska and Hawaii. She is also a Deep Water Horizon Study Group member, Secretary to the Science Advisory Board for MSTF and SRVI and a Marine Technology Society Education committee member. 

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