Tierney Thys

Last updated
Tierney Thys
Tierney Thys5 (14807437303) (cropped).jpg
Thys in 2014
Alma mater
OccupationBiologist, filmmaker
Known forNational Geographic Explorer

Tierney Thys (born 1966) is an American marine biologist, science educator, and National Geographic explorer. [1] [2] In 1988 she earned a degree in biology from Brown University, and in 1998 she earned a doctorate in biomechanics. [3] She was formerly the director of research at the Sea Studios Foundation. [4] She was also the science editor for The Shape of Life and director for Strange Days on Planet Earth. [1] She has also written, narrated and produced short films. [5] Since 2000 she and her colleagues have been studying the giant ocean sunfish (mola). [3] In 2004 she was named a National Geographic "Emerging Explorer". [1] She has since joined National Geographic expeditions and developed a National Geographic children's television conservation series. [1]

She has given two TED talks, "Swim with the giant sunfish", and "The secret life of plankton". [4] As of 2015 she was producing an online series for TEDed titled Stories from the Sea. [5]

A chapter of Earth Heroes: Champions of the Ocean, by Fran Hodgkins, is about her, and she is briefly profiled in Girls Research!: Amazing Tales of Female Scientists. [1] [6] Science Methods and Process Skills: Meet Tierney Thys, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, by Kathy Cabe Trundle, was published by National Geographic School Publishing in 2011. [7]

She is a certified pilot and diver. [8]

Related Research Articles

Biosphere The global sum of all ecosystems on Earth

The biosphere, also known as the ecosphere, is the worldwide sum of all ecosystems. It can also be termed the zone of life on Earth. The biosphere is virtually a closed system with regards to matter, with minimal inputs and outputs. With regards to energy, it is an open system, with photosynthesis capturing solar energy at a rate of around 130 Terawatts per year. However it is a self-regulating system close to energetic equilibrium. By the most general biophysiological definition, the biosphere is the global ecological system integrating all living beings and their relationships, including their interaction with the elements of the lithosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. The biosphere is postulated to have evolved, beginning with a process of biopoiesis or biogenesis, at least some 3.5 billion years ago.

Ocean sunfish Species of fish

The ocean sunfish or common mola is one of the heaviest known bony fishes in the world. Adults typically weigh between 247 and 1,000 kg (545–2,205 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the world. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended.

Sylvia Earle American marine biologist, explorer, and author

Sylvia Alice Earle is an American marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. She is also part of the group Ocean Elders, which is dedicated to protecting the ocean and its wildlife.

Kathryn D. Sullivan American geologist and a former NASA astronaut

Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut. A crew member on three Space Shuttle missions, she was the first American woman to walk in space on October 11, 1984. On June 7, 2020, she became the first woman to dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Earth's oceans. She was Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2014. Sullivan's tenure ended on January 20, 2017, with the swearing in of President Donald Trump. Following completion of her service at NOAA, she was designated as the 2017 Charles A. Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, and has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Frans Lanting

Frans Lanting is a Dutch National Geographic photographer, author and speaker.

Alpheus Hyatt Verrill

Alpheus Hyatt Verrill, known as Hyatt Verrill, was an American zoologist, explorer, inventor, illustrator and author. He was the son of Addison Emery Verrill, the first professor of zoology at Yale University.

Mark Shelley was the Senior Series Producer for National Geographic Television & Film. He is also the founder and the Executive Director of Sea Studios Foundation, a non-profit team of film-makers, environmentalists and scientists who create films that raise public awareness of major issues facing the planet.

National Geographic is a subscription television network in Australia and New Zealand that features documentaries. It features programming around subjects such as nature, science, culture and history documentaries plus some reality and pseudo-scientific entertainment programming. It is the Oceanic version of the American National Geographic channel and owned by The Walt Disney Company in Australia. Since 2020, it is the only Disney-owned network in Oceania that broadcasts as a linear television channel, with Disney Channel and Disney Junior being shut down in favour of the streaming service Disney+.

Edith Widder American oceanographer

Edith Anne "Edie" Widder Smith is an American oceanographer, marine biologist, and the Co-founder, CEO and Senior Scientist at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association.

<i>Mola alexandrini</i> Species of fish

The southern sunfish, also known as the Ramsay's sunfish, southern ocean sunfish, short sunfish or bump-head sunfish in many parts of the world, is a fish belonging to the family Molidae. It is closely related to its congener, much wider known Mola mola, and is found in the Southern Hemisphere. It can be found basking on its side occasionally near the surface, which is thought to be used to re-heat themselves after diving in cold water for prey, recharge their oxygen stores, and attract gulls to free them of parasites.

Gregory S. Stone

Gregory Schofield Stone is an ocean scientist, explorer, and marine conservationist. He has published research on marine mammals in Antarctica, on ice ecology, and on New Zealand's Hector's dolphin. Stone is also an undersea technology and exploration specialist, particularly in his use of deep-sea submersibles, and has produced a series of marine conservation films.

Lists of organisms by population Wikipedia list article

This is a collection of lists of organisms by their population. While most of the numbers are estimates, they have been made by the experts in their fields. Species population is a science falling under the purview of population ecology and biogeography. Individuals are counted by census, as carried out for the piping plover; using the transect method, as done for the mountain plover; and beginning in 2012 by satellite, with the emperor penguin being first subject counted in this manner.

Erin Pettit American glaciologist

Erin Christine Pettit is an American glaciologist focusing on climate change. She is an associate professor of geophysics and glaciology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska. Her work focuses on ice shelf disintegration, sea-level rise and ocean circulation changes.

Robin Bell (scientist) American geophysicist

Robin Elizabeth Bell is a professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the current President of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She was influential in co-ordinating the 2007 International Polar Year and was the first woman to chair the National Academy of Sciences Polar Research Board. She has made numerous important discoveries with regard to subglacial lakes and ice sheet dynamics, and has a ridge, called Bell Buttress, in Antarctica named after her.

Asha de Vos Sri Lankan marine biologist (born 1979)

Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the northern Indian Ocean. She is known for her Blue Whale Project. She is a Senior TED Fellow and was chosen for a BBC 100 Women award in 2018.

National Geographic's Amazing Planet is a 1998 children's educational television show that teaches children about the many locations on Earth. It was also produced by National Geographic Kids Video.

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson Marine biologist, policy expert (born 1980)

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, and conservation strategist. She was born on August 23, 1980. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and holds a PhD in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is the founder and president of Ocean Collectiv, a consulting firm that helps find ocean "conservation solutions grounded in social justice," and the founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for climate change and ocean conservation policy in coastal cities.

Ella Al-Shamahi is an explorer, paleoanthropologist, evolutionary biologist and stand-up comic. She specializes in the study of Neanderthals. She is also the presenter and producer of BBC2'sNeanderthals: Meet Your Ancestors. She is a Trustee of the International Association for the Study of Arabia.

David Gruber American marine biologist

David Gruber is an American marine biologist, a Presidential Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences at Baruch College, City University of New York, and a National Geographic Explorer.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Fran Hodgkins (22 June 2012). Earth Heroes: Champions of the Ocean. Dawn Publications. pp. 123–. ISBN   978-1-58469-469-4.
  2. "National Geographic explorer Tierney Thys shines new light on ocean life - Earth Science | siliconrepublic.com - Ireland's Technology News Service". siliconrepublic.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  3. 1 2 "National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth . Troubled Waters . Tierney Thys, PhD". PBS. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  4. 1 2 "Tierney Thys | Speaker". TED.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  5. 1 2 "Meet Tierney Thys". Oceansunfish.org. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  6. Jennifer Phillips (1 January 2014). Girls Research!: Amazing Tales of Female Scientists. Capstone. pp. 19–. ISBN   978-1-4765-4056-6.
  7. Bell, Randy L.; Trundle, Kathy Cabe (2011). Science Methods and Process Skills: Meet Tierney Thys, National Geographic ... - Kathy Cabe Trundle, National Geographic Society (U.S.) - Google Books. ISBN   9780736277105 . Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  8. "Tierney Thys, Marine Biologist/Filmmaker Information, Facts, News, Photos". National Geographic. Retrieved 2015-06-13.