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Earle de Blonville
Mr Earle de Blonville

Current Appointment: Adjunct Professional Fellow
Organisational Unit: School of Environment, Science and Engineering

Telephone: +612 6686 0117
Location: Northern Rivers NSW
Campus: Lismore
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Earle de Blonville FRGS is Chief Executive Officer of the Oceanic Research Institute (ORI) and skipper of ORIs flagship Research Expedition Vessel (REV). He is an Adjunct Professional Fellow at Southern Cross University, Australia; a Fellow of the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics, University of Catalonia, Spain; and since 1984, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, UK. Earle holds the 1000th Queen Elisabeth II Silver Jubilee Award (1986). The Oceanic Research Institute founding concept draws on Earle?s deep love of the sea. From solo sea kayaking at 11 years old, through racing modern yachts (FYC & CYCA), to restoring and racing traditional boats, the sea has always been his passion. In 1979 he was a member of Australias first modern major sea kayak expedition, a 70-day, 1,600km circumnavigation of Tasmania. Later he led the first northerly sea kayak crossing of infamous Bass Strait. As an Arctic explorer, Earle has explored more than half of Greenlands navigable coast in his ice-strengthened yacht. In 1985-86, under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales, he mounted and led Australia?s first Arctic expedition, a 1,000km voyage by sea kayak and yacht along the coast of East Greenland. His expedition documentary film Savage Coast was released internationally, broadcast by major networks including Discovery, CBC, BBC and ABC. Earles book Savage Coast is described by Sir Gustav Nossal (Chairman of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Strategic Advisory Council) as providing Deep insights into complexity and unpredictability, the key challenges in todays rapidly changing world of climate crisis. In 1987 ? 88 Earle was Director of the Tall Ships spectacular where the Prime Minister officially opened Australias Bicentenary celebrations before an international television audience. This multi-million dollar event involved 70 international vessels, 500 crew and 500 local volunteers. With over 1.5 million visitors in four days (almost 50% of Melbournes population), it was the largest staged event in Victorias history. More recently Earle has sailed in Tall Ships events in Europe and is connected with the inspiring leaders of the rapidly evolving Trade Under Sail movement. His leadership of maritime scientific expeditions to the worlds most remote locations, travelling in traditional wooden sailing vessels, will draw on his earlier experience of field science expeditions to Far East Gippsland, for the ANZ Scientific Exploration Society (Chief Leader), and to an unvisited area of the Kimberley region, for the museums of Victoria and Western Australia (Co-leader). He also undertook field reconnaissance for the Royal Geographical Societys 1988 Bicentenary Kimberley Research Project. Back to Staff Directory