What’s it like to explore the blue heart of the planet or scale its highest forest canopies? World-renowned explorers Sylvia Earle and Margaret ‘Canopy Meg’ Lowman will take us on an unforgettable journey to these wondrous and imperiled frontiers as they share compelling tales of their expeditions around the globe at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at the historic Tampa Theatre. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
Tickets go on sale at noon today for the intimate evening with these distinguished scientists, speakers and conservation ambassadors, which will be hosted by Susan Giles Wantuck of WUSF Public Radio. The presentation will be followed by Q&A with the audience and a book signing with the award-winning authors. A portion of the proceeds from “Enchanted Earth” will benefit the work of Mission Blue and TREE Foundation.
Sylvia Earle, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, has been a pioneer of deep ocean exploration for more than four decades, logging more than 7,000 hours underwater on more than 50 worldwide expeditions. She is Founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Called “Her Deepness” by the New York Times, she is the subject of the 2014 Netflix documentary MISSION BLUE and recipient of more than 100 national and international honors, including being named Time Magazine’s first Hero of the Planet, “a Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and winner of the 2009 TED Prize.
Meg Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For more than 30 years, she has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve natural mysteries in the world’s forests. Nicknamed “the Real-Life Lorax” by National Geographic, “Einstein of the Treetops” by the Wall Street Journal and “Her Highness” by eminent American biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, E.O. Wilson, Lowman is Chief of Science & Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences, Founder of TREE Foundation, and the recipient of numerous awards including the Mendel Medal for achievements in science and spirit, Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and a Fulbright Scholarship in India and Ethiopia, where National Geographic funds her research on Ethiopian church forests.
Following the event, Earle and Lowman will sign copies of their books. Guests can purchase books in advance through the bookstore at Oxford Exchange, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, online at www.oxfordexchange.com or by calling (813) 253-0222(813) 253-0222 (Ext 4). A limited number of books also will be available for purchase at the event.
Ticket prices (including all fees) are $68 for VIP and $33 for General Admission at the Box Office, or $75 & $38 online. VIP tickets include premium reserved seating for the show, plus a pre-show reception with Earle and Lowman at the nearby Spain Restaurant, featuring tapas, sangria, wine and beer. The VIP reception is 5-6:30pm, and you’ll need to have your VIP show ticket with you for entry. Student tickets are $26.50 (including all fees) and will be available the day of the show only at the Tampa Theatre Box Office with valid school ID.