SUSAN R. EATON.
FOUNDER and LEADER of the SEDNA EPIC EXPEDITION.
FROM POLE TO POLE.
GENDER IN ARCTIC EXPLORATION.
WOMEN IN STEM/STEAM.
ROLE OF GOVERNMENT.
WOMEN IN EXPLORATION.
THE FUTURE OF SEDNA.
SCUBA TO SNORKEL.
SEDNA EPIC EXPLORATION.
WHY AN ALL-WOMEN CREW?
ADVICE FOR YOUNG WOMEN.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS.
WHAT DOES THE ARCTIC FEEL LIKE?
SURPRISING THINGS ABOUT POLAR EXPLORATION.
A geoscientist, journalist and conservationist, Susan R. Eaton studies the interplay of plate tectonics, oceans, glaciers, climate and life in polar regions. A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Susan explores the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a unique land-sea-ice-air interface where charismatic animals and snorkelers comingle. In 2018, Ocean Geographic named Susan one of the “Ocean’s Best” 18 most influential women leaders in ocean conservation. In 2015, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society named Susan one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers and trailblazers. A year later, the same organization named her one of Canada’s 25 greatest female explorers.
Susan is the founder and leader of the multi-year Sedna Epic Expedition, which is comprised of women ocean explorers, scientists, artists, educators and scuba divers from around the world. Founded in 2014, the Sedna Epic’s sea women scout, document and record disappearing sea ice in the Arctic. In consultation with Inuit team members and Inuit advisors, Team Sedna delivers hands-on, ocean knowledge mobilization programs to Inuit youth, girls and Elders in Labrador, Nunavut and Greenland. To date, Susan has led three all-women dive and snorkel expeditions to the Arctic. Passionate about protecting Canada’s endangered ecosystems and the animals who call them home, Susan currently sits on the board of directors of Nature Canada, a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is protecting parks and wildlife areas and creating citizen science and urban nature initiatives.
She holds a B. Sc. Hon. degree in geology and biology from Dalhousie University and a M.Sc. in petroleum geology (geophysics specialization) from Imperial College, University of London. Equipped with a B. J. Hon. degree from Carleton University’s School of Journalism, Susan began her media career in as an on-camera news reporter with CBC-TV. Today, as a freelance writer, she reports on science and technology, business, energy, the environment, space, geotourism and adventure travel.
These videos are a part of a series of interviews conducted at “Women of the Arctic: Bridging Policy, Research, and Lived Experience”, a non-academic event co-organized with the UArctic and hosted by the 2018 UArctic Congress at the University of Helsinki
on September 6-7, 2018.