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Beware Smear Campaign by Mentally Ill Climate Denier

Climate deniers are increasingly engaged in violent and intrusive strategies to intimidate those engaged in climate research. The Oceanic Research Institute (ORI) is only one of many experiencing this.
ORI Directors, scientists and sponsors are aware of a smear campaign conducted by a US citizen, believed to be mentally ill and driven by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Sociopathic behaviours. This individual is well known to the FBI and Police in five countries and is wanted for questioning in Australia regarding Cyberstalking and making a death threat. Australian Police advise that if you are approached by him in any way, you should never respond to him but report it to authorities (see below). This individual uses multiple fake identities (male and female) and extensively publishes fake news and false claims online.
If you encounter any direct or online attempt to smear the ORI, and you feel threatened or harassed, you may report it to the following agencies:
1. Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) https://report.acorn.gov.au/
2. Scamwatch – phone 1300 795 995 or visit https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/
If you have any further questions, you may email us at: ghq@ori.net.au
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ORI partners with UN Decade of Ocean Science https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/ori-and-un-decade-of-ocean-science/ https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/ori-and-un-decade-of-ocean-science/#comments Sun, 04 Aug 2019 06:15:59 +0000 https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/?p=2298

The Northern Rivers region was represented at the world’s first regional planning conference for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030, held in Nouméa.

Oceanic Research Institute (ORI) CEO Earle de Blonville, and Director of Research Professor Jennifer Gidley, participated in the Pacific Community Workshop at the invitation of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). The IOC is based at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. ORI global headquarters is based in Ballina-Byron Ocean Gateway. 

ORI Founding Directors at the Pacific Community Centre in Nouméa.

The Workshop was held at the Pacific Community (SPC) headquarters in Nouméa, New Caledonia, gathering almost 100 participants from the South Pacific region.

It was organised in plenary sessions and themed workshops focusing on six main societal outcomes: a clean ocean, a healthy and resilient ocean, a predicted ocean, a safe ocean, a sustainably harvested and productive ocean, and a transparent and accessible ocean.

The ORI was the only independent Oceanic and climate research organisation participating from Australia, or anywhere else for that matter.

ORI’s founders, Professor Jennifer Gidley (Director of Research) and Earle de Blonville (Chief Executive Officer) participated over a four-day period in both the Pacific Community media workshop, funded by Australian Aid, and the main UN Decade Pacific workshop. Jennifer and Earle also held meetings with key leaders and officials over three additional days, pre and post the Workshop.

Earle & Jennifer (ORI) commit to ocean science for Blue Pacific.

IOC’s Executive Secretary – and UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General – Dr Vladimir Ryabinin, an Oceanographer and Climatologist, attended the Pacific Community Workshop in person to provide valuable guidance and inspiration.

IOC Executive Director, Vladimir Ryabinin with ORI Co-Founders,

Earle de Blonville, FRGS and Dr. Jennifer Gidley in Nouméa.

ORI will have a unique and valuable role during the UN Decade of Ocean Science, operating the only long-range research fleet in the South Pacific.

NSW does not have any oceangoing research vessels or any offshore research capacity. As an independent organisation and an Australian Government Approved Research Institute, ORI is the only such organisation in Australia.

ORI plans to field a fleet of three Research Expedition Vessels (REVs), traditional wooden sailing vessels specially adapted to Pacific conditions. The fleet will be based in Ballina, and outside the Pacific’s six month ‘safe season’ will undertake research voyages closer to home, including offering school students the experience of Science Under Sail to save the Ocean.

We are comitted to our research vessels being fully sustainable.

ORI’s unique role in the UN Decade of Ocean Science, collaborating with Pacific nations while representing Australia, is expected to bring inward investment and sustainable employment opportunities to the Northern Rivers, and make this region Australia’s Pacific Hub for Ocean Research. This will help develop the new industry of Science Tourism in the Ballina-Byron Ocean Gateway.

ORI’s participation was made possible by a generous grant from local brewer Stone & Wood’s ‘inGRAINED Foundation’, established to develop sustainable capacity in the Northern Rivers. Thank you ‘inGrained’ Foundation’. We are most appreciative.

During this inspiring and informative week we met some outstanding Pacific women, men and youth leaders, including Taena, a traditional navigator from the Cook Islands, Peni, Oceans Analyst from the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, and Tyler, representing the Pacific Youth Council. More stories to come as we work through all our notes and images from the week. But be assured, these Pacific Island leaders are decades ahead of their larger neighbours in terms of ocean and climate awareness and action.

We cannot deny that we enjoyed a delicious picnic on the beach at sunset on our last evening in Nouméa, while vowing to return with our Vessels to the Blue Pacific.

Sunset at Baie des Citrons, Nouméa, New Caledonia.


Earle de Blonville

T: +61 2 6686 0117

E: GHQ@ori.net.au

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Savage Coast Endorsements https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/savage-coast-endorsements/ https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/savage-coast-endorsements/#respond Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:14:28 +0000 https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/?p=1895
Earle de Blonville, FRGS

Earle de Blonville, FRGS


Chief Exective Officer

Author of ‘Savage Coast’

 ‘A fascinating exploration of an explorer’

– Phillip Adams AO. 
Broadcaster, film producer and author 

‘A powerful story of privation, courage, obstinacy and tenacity’

– Professor Barry Jones AO
. Writer, Australian Minister for Science 1983-90 

‘Makes valuable reading for today’s business leaders’

– Jonathan Hutchings. 
Managing Director, 
World Wide Entertainment Ltd

‘The action is utterly engrossing’

– Richard Gilmore. 
Executive Director
 EarthWatch Institute 

‘A disarmingly frank account. The writing soars’

– Andrew Hughes
. Explorer, Founder 
Expedition-Class Online Learning

‘A beautifully written and insightful story’

– Peter Hillary. 
Everest mountaineer & expedition leader.
 Author of international bestseller: ‘The ghost country’ 

‘A wonderful read and amazingly, it’s all true!’

– John Bertrand AM. 
Winner of the 1983 America’s Cup. 
Author of international bestseller: ‘Born to Win’. 

‘A masterpiece of exploration by a poet of action’

– Bill Green. Multi-award winning novelist.
 Screenwriter: ‘Terminator 2’.

‘Has the potential to become a classic in the genre’

– Rick Swinard. Corporate Affairs Manager, 
News Limited. 

‘A remarkable book and a classic of modern travel’

– Anthony Marshall. 
Award winning author and broadcaster. 

‘A truly exotic experience’

– Cheryl Barassi. Book reviewer & arts patron.

‘An explosive mix of physical & human drama’

– Catherine Hammond. Editor & manuscript assessor for HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Allen & Unwin, Pearson.

‘Earl is a romantic who knows how to bring history alive’

– Colin Monteath. Polar explorer & wilderness photographer.


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Australian Polar History https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/australian-polar-history/ https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/australian-polar-history/#respond Mon, 01 Jul 2019 06:56:34 +0000 https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/?p=1535

Australia has played a pioneering role in Polar exploration. 

In 1842, a Tasmanian scientific journal was the first to promote the idea of an Australian-led Antarctic research initiative. Australians were the first confirmed to have stood on Antarctica.

In 1886, the Australian Antarctic Exploration Committee was established by the Royal Society of Victoria to investigate the establishment of research stations. 

In 1895, Melbourne teacher Henryk Bull led the first expedition confirmed to have landed on the Antarctic mainland. With Bull was Norwegian amateur scientist Carsten Borchgrevink, who in 1898 departed Hobart on the first expedition to over-winter in Antarctica. With him was Australia’s first Antarctic scientist, physicist Louis Bernacchi. In 1901, Tasmania provided financial support and port facilities for Robert Scott’s Discovery expedition and Bernacchi returned to Antarctica as Scott’s physicist.

In 1907, the Australian Government provided substantial financial and scientific support to Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition. This included Edgeworth David as Chief Scientific Officer, Douglas Mawson as geologist and Captain John King Davis as Master and ice pilot of the Nimrod.

In 1910 Australian geologist Frank Debenham joined Scott’s fatal Terra Nova expedition in Melbourne.

He survived and afterwards became Cambridge University’s first Professor of Geography and founding Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, the world’s foremost polar research organisation.

In 1911 Douglas Mawson led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition and in 1929, the British, Australian and New Zealand Research Expedition. In 1928-29 Australian Hubert Wilkins made the first aerial exploration of Antarctica’s Graham Land and in 1933, he was aboard American Lincoln Ellsworth’s three private attempts to make the first trans-Antarctic flight. During 1934-37, South Australian John Rymill led the British Graham Land Expedition, which discovered the existence of the Antarctic Peninsula. In 1931 Mawson claimed 42% of Antarctica for Australia, and in 1936 this officially became the Australian Antarctic Territory. In 1949, Mawson tapped Melbourne physicist Dr Phillip Law as the first Director of the Australian Antarctic Division. Law created an internationally respected exploration polar infrastructure and built Mawson and Davis bases. No other individual has achieved more impact in Antarctica. Under his direction, more than 5,000km of coast was chartered and over one million square kms of continent was mapped. He oversaw some 28 Antarctic voyages, most of them as leader. 

On the open sea, in 1972 Dr David Lewis circumnavigated Antarctica in his small yacht Ice Bird and returned for three expeditions over the period 1977- 84 aboard Solo and Dick Smith Explorer, twice overwintering to undertake scientific research.

Australia has forged a reputation in the Arctic that began in 1985.  

In 1981, Dr Law selected Earle de Blonville as Chief Leader of the  Australian and New Zealand Scientific Exploration Society (ANZSES) 1982 Granite Mountain Expedition. 

De Blonville’s 1986 Arctic expedition, a 1,000km sea kayak voyage down the ice-choked coast of East Greenland, aimed to retrace the 1931 open boat journey of legendary British explorer, Gino Watkins

As CEO of ORI, de Blonville will lead Australia’s first scientific reconnaissance to East Greenland with ORI’s international scientists, to investigate why it is one of the biggest melt zones on earth.  

Dr Law was then President of the Australian and New Zealand Scientific Exploration Society (ANZSES) with HRH The Prince of Wales as Patron. Dr Law was mentor and personal friend of de Blonville for 30 years, and responsible for his election in 1984 as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1985, Law supported Australia’s first Arctic expedition led by de Blonville, with HRH The Prince of Wales as Patron, by proposing an Australian Advisory Panel and becoming a key member. 

De Blonville’s Arctic expedition, a 1,000km sea kayak voyage down the ice-choked coast of East Greenland, aimed to retrace the 1931 open boat journey of legendary British explorer, Gino Watkins.

Other members of the Expedition Advisory Panel included the Minister for Science Dr Barry Jones, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Sir John Holland and Dr Eleanor Rymill who was the inaugural secretary of the Scott Polar Research Institute (under Director, Prof Frank Debenham). Eleanor was the first woman in the UK to gain a PhD in Geography, and wife of Australia’s greatest polar pioneer – Arctic and Antarctic – John Rymill. 

Dr Eleanor Rymill was very influential during the planning and reconnaissance phases of Australia’s first Arctic expedition, from 1982-86, connecting de Blonville with surviving members of Watkins’ East Greenland expedition teams from 1930-32: surveyor Alfred Stevenson, pilot and ice cap explorer Wilfred Hampton, film cameraman Iliffe Cozens, and sledge partner and biographer Jamie Scott. These men were mostly Cambridge graduates who had been inspired to explore by mentors Frank Debenham, James Wordy and Raymond Priestly, Antarctic veterans who had travelled with Scott and Shackleton. These human threads create a strong historic continuity between Australia’s first expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic.

Over a five-year period (1985-1989) de Blonville explored more than half of Greenland’s navigable coastline by local charter boat, sea kayak and his own steel exploring yacht named Eleanor Rymill.

The one-hour documentary film of Australia’s first Arctic expedition, to East Greenland, made by de Blonville’s production company, was released internationally in 1987, and screened by Discovery, CBC, BBC, ABC and later broadcasters in Europe, South America, Israel and South Africa. More recently it has been screened in theatres and venues in Denmark, France and Australia. To view the trailer of the documentary, click on the video link below.

The extraordinary story of this expedition is told in his acclaimed book, ‘Seventh Journey’, first released as a sold-out Author’s Private Edition, Australia’s first contribution to the canon of Arctic literature. It is now released in a second fully revised edition, ‘Savage Coast’ and available through major retailers online. To buy the book Savage Coast through our website go here.

Such widespread print and broadcast media coverage of de Blonville’s Arctic expedition resulted in a sudden surge in exploration and adventure by Australians.

Marking Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary, Australia’s greatest mountaineer, Greg Mortimer, led a first ascent on Antarctica’s ‘loneliest mountain’, Mt Minto. In 1989, Graeme Joy became the first Australian to ski to the North Pole, as a member of Robert Swan’s Australian-based international Icewalk expedition. In 1995, a decade after Earle’s first reconnaissance, Eric Philips led the first Australian expedition to cross the icecaps of Greenland and (in 1992) Ellesmere Island. With fellow Australian, Jon Muir, Philips was the first Australian to ski to both the North and South Poles, and today is one of the world’s most respected polar guides. On the last day of 1997, Keith Williams, Ian Brown and Peter Treseder became the first Australians to reach the South Pole. From 1996, beginning with a crossing of the Spitsbergen icecap, Tim Jarvis has undertaken extraordinary polar journeys of remarkable speed and endurance, most recently including re-enactments, using period costumes, equipment and even diet, of the great survival epics of Mawson and Shackleton. In 2009 Chris Bray and Clark Carter completed a two-year crossing of Canada’s Victoria Island hauling their gear on an innovative balloon-wheeled trailer.

A wide range of publications and documentary films from these modern explorers ensure that Australia’s reputation for polar exploration and adventure stands among the best in the world. This reputation has been kept alive by increasing numbers of young Australian adventurers pushing the boundaries at the Poles.

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Oceanic Research Institute Flagship ‘La Bohème’ https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/oceanic-research-institute-flagship-la-boheme/ https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/oceanic-research-institute-flagship-la-boheme/#comments Sun, 19 May 2019 11:32:50 +0000 https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/?p=522

Our flagship ‘La Bohème’ is an ‘Icon of Sustainability’. Launched in 1913, she was the last Swedish schooner built for sail alone, with no engine until 1926.

A 34-metre topmast gaff schooner, she is one of the world’s oldest great wooden trading schooners having been in continuous operation for more than 105 years. ‘La Bohème’ has a feminine charm, a swan-like grace and a quick and lively response to a breeze.

From Poland in the east to Norway in the west she worked commercially for over 50 years as a Baltic trader carrying a range of cargoes throughout the greater Baltic Sea. She sailed through two world wars, countless storms and miles of sea ice to deliver such cargo as Swedish pink granite bound for the Empire State Building in New York, Polish coal for Denmark, ball bearings destined for the German military and Norwegian saltpetre for making dynamite.

Built from sustainable Scandinavian pine and Baltic oak, she is rigged for short-handed voyaging and will outlast four similar sized steel and diesel vessels, delivering exceptional long-term economic benefits as a research vessel.

Her former owner of almost 50 years used her for private weekend voyages with friends, exploring Sweden’s myriad fjords, vast inland lakes and nearby Kattegat.

Leading the fleet: Cover photograph on a book of Swedish classic boats

A unique feature of this vessel is that she has been extensively documented in a treasure trove of historical papers, dating from 1913.

There is a digital archive of hundreds of photos, capturing the vessel’s life and including 20 years of major maintenance work, racing events and life aboard. Documents include newspaper articles, programs, certificates, manuals, books and paintings.

La Bohème was designed and built to handle rough Baltic seas, with their short steep swells and unpredictable weather. Her classic Swedish (fish form) hull, wide and blunt at the stem, and tapering towards a relatively narrow stern, was regarded as providing the fastest cut-through in short steep seas. With her long, low working sail plan, she can hold her canvas when others are forced to reef. Without her 30-ton load she seems light, and jumps easily to a breeze. Hers is a dry deck in seas that would normally see other helms coursing water.

Still going strong after 105 years, she is an ‘Icon of Sustainability’

La Bohème’ has benefitted from being meticulously maintained. Over the last 20 years previous and current owners have spent many hundreds of thousands of euros on extensive works to help ensure she sails through another 100 years.

Since Oceanic Research Institute Founders acquired her in early 2013 she has undergone a full hull re-caulking by German shipwrights. In 2014 she was completely refastened by 4th generation Danish shipwrights. La Bohème was also fully repainted, re-oiled, re-signed and generally refurbished, during Danish summer of 2014. ORI Founders, Earle de Blonville and Jennifer Gidley spent months in Denmark doing much of this refurbishing work themselves.

On deck, we sanded back to clear wood her three deckhouses, deck storage boxes, and stern seating areas and recoated them with several coats of Le Tonkinois, a trusted finish of environmentally friendly natural oil-based ‘varnish’ developed in China more than 300 years ago. It never fades or cracks, and can be easily recoated each year.

Dr. Jennifer Gidley on the sander (above left), admiring her finished work (below left) and celebrating renaming La Bohème  (right)

Below decks, all cabins, galley and saloon were made much fresher with an undercoat and two topcoats of Hempel’s white – replacing the traditional Swedish ‘hospital green’ (left image below) – creating a much more pleasant feeling of openness and freshness (right image below).


we painted the saloon (2013).


we painted the saloon in 2014.

The grand La Bohème

saloon after we painted it (2015).

Earle giving topsides a first coat of Hempels white (left) and relaxing between coats (right)

La Bohème will operate as a fully equipped Research Expedition Vessel (REV) for Oceanic Research Institute‘s climate-related scientific field research and educational purposes in the South Pacific and on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

As the Oceanic Research Institute Flagship, she will carry 14 scientists, filmmakers, artists and crew in comfort. On short journeys, she can be handled under sail with only three experienced crew. The saloon offers ample space for 50 people for cocktails, while on deck there is space for 100 people for functions for our sponsors.

Impression of La Bohème when fully equipped as ORI Pacific Flagship

In today’s throwaway world, La Bohème represents the timeless maritime values that saw the unknown world circumnavigated and both poles explored purely under sail in hand-made wooden craft. This historically significant Swedish schooner is a valuable piece of maritime history, with a bright, sustainable future as Oceanic Research Institute’s REV in Australia and the Pacific islands. She is almost infinitely sustainable, and will use 100% renewable energy with zero carbon and acoustic emissions for ORI’s research operations.

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Sonja Ceri, MA Economic Geography https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/sonja-ceri-ma-economic-geography/ https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/sonja-ceri-ma-economic-geography/#respond Sun, 19 May 2019 11:04:29 +0000 https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/?p=844 ]]> https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/sonja-ceri-ma-economic-geography/feed/ 0 Richard Mitry, LLB https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/richard-mitry-llb/ https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/richard-mitry-llb/#respond Fri, 10 May 2019 04:28:58 +0000 https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/?p=656
Richard Mitry, LLB

Richard Mitry, LLB

Partner: Mitry Lawyers

ORI Corporate Counsel

Richard is a founding partner of Mitry Lawyers, Sydney and Melbourne, and is ORI’s Corporate Counsel and Reputation Manager. His main areas of practice are defamation and media, property and environmental law, commercial litigation, and insolvency. He has worked at top-tier and boutique firms in Australia and in the United Arab Emirates, and has been involved in several start-up businesses.

He advises and acts for substantial corporations, national non-governmental organisations, and prominent and high-profile individuals in defamation and other litigation matters, as well as major property planning and transnational matters. He also appears regularly on Australian morning television news and evening current affairs programs discussing topical legal issues.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Economics & Social Science (Government & International Relations). He lectures in the Masters of Law at College of Law NSW and regularly contributes to education, providing lectures to the community and other lawyers, as well as recently attending a prominent university in India, where he lectured in defamation law.

Some notable cases he has acted in include Roland Bleyer v Google Inc LLC [2014] NSWSC 897 (defamation action against internet search engine); Naoum v Dannawi [2009] NSWCA 253 (defamation proceedings brought by ConsulGeneral), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia v Australian Islamic College Board Inc [2014] HCASL 37 (application by Kingdom seeking foreign state immunity).

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Paul Snelgrove, LLB https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/paul-snelgrove-llb/ https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/paul-snelgrove-llb/#respond Fri, 10 May 2019 04:14:11 +0000 https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/?p=650
Paul Snelgrove, LLB

Paul Snelgrove, LLB


ORI Senior Legal Officer

Business Development

Paul joined the Oceanic Research Institute as Director in March 2019. He has extensive business experience, residential property development, holiday accommodation and adventure tour operations. His strong entrepreneurial energy and flair will help drive ORI’s development. Paul will manage, compliance matters, insurances, coordination of ORI’s  legal services providers.

As an environmentalist, Paul has studied marine biology, focusing on coral reefs and mangrove ecology, plus developed niche interests ranging from Bêche-de-mer to Murray Islanders. 

With a lifetime of adventure achievements Paul is uniquely placed to support ORI’s charter of adventure-based international oceanic research programs.

He was one of the founders of modern sea kayaking in Australia in the late 1970s, engaged in pioneering expeditions, training programs and club development, plus building and retailing expedition kayak equipment. Still very active today, his major achievements include co-leading the first sea kayak expedition to Australia’s remote crocodile-infested Kimberley region, competing in Norway’s far northern five-day 200km Arctic Sea Kayak Race and was the first Australian to paddle his kayak at Cape Horn. 

A qualified SSI Dive Control Specialist, Paul was Vice President and dive coordinator of Queensland’s Nautilus Scuba Club for a decade and has numerous descents in tropical reef waters, including dives on famous wrecks Pandora, Yongala, Quetta, and Warrnambool.

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Jennifer Gidley https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/jennifer-gidley/ https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/jennifer-gidley/#respond Fri, 10 May 2019 04:11:05 +0000 https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/?p=645
Jennifer Gidley

Jennifer Gidley


Director of Research

Member, Research Committee

Jennifer co-founded the ORI driven by her growing concern about climate crisis, the plight of the oceans, and threats to small island nations and coastal cities from sea level rise. As Director of Research she is responsible for ORI’s long and short term research programs, and contributes significantly from her academic and leadership experience as a researcher in ‘sustainable futures’. 

Jennifer is an Australian author, educator, psychologist and futures researcher. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS) Sydney, and Southern Cross University, NSW. She has held academic posts within four Australian universities, with academic affiliations in France and Spain.

As President (2009-17) of the World Futures Studies Federation, a UNESCO and UN-ECOSOC partner founded in Paris in 1973, she led the global peak body for the world’s leading futurists from 60 countries. She presided over WFSF-UNESCO Participation Projects with youth in DR Congo, Egypt, Malaysia, Philippines, Mexico and Haiti. In her five decades as a professional psychologist/educator and academic researcher, Jennifer has always been a strong scholar-activist rather than just a theoretician.

As an adventurous young woman, Jennifer travelled extensively through much of the South Pacific (including sailing between Fiji and Tonga) and South America (Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador), and later in South East Asia, India and Nepal. By the 1980s Jennifer expressed her adventurous spirit in cultural and intellectual adventures. As a young mother she founded a highly innovative Rudolf Steiner School campus in sub-tropical northern NSW. Jennifer’s PhD on the evolution of consciousness (2008) was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. A leading researcher on “futures of thinking” she is widely recognised as a global thought leader.

A sought-after international speaker, advisor and consultant, Jennifer has been involved in projects across Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden), the Middle East (Egypt, Iran, UAE), UK, USA, and Asia (Malaysia, Philippines, Shanghai and Taiwan).

 Jennifer serves on several academic editorial boards, and has published dozens of academic papers and several books. Her recent books include: Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Springer, 2016); The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017), and The Secret to Growing Brilliant Children (Bear Books, 2020). 

Jennifer’s Website

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Earle de Blonville, FRGS https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/earl-de-blonville-frgs/ https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/earl-de-blonville-frgs/#respond Fri, 10 May 2019 03:57:13 +0000 https://oceanicresearchinstitute.org/?p=640
Earle de Blonville, FRGS

Earle de Blonville, FRGS


Chief Exective Officer

Member, Research Committee

Earle is co-founder and CEO of ORI, responsible for development of oceanic programs and international research partnerships. He is skipper of the flagship Research Expedition Vessel (REV) and will lead ORI’s Arctic expeditions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London (since 1984); Fellow, Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics, Catalonia University, Spain; and Adjunct Professional Fellow, Institute of Development, Environment and Sustainability, Southern Cross University, Australia. He holds the Queen Elisabeth II Silver Jubilee Award. 

An Arctic explorer, author and filmmaker, in 1979 he made Australia’s first modern major sea kayak expedition, a 70-day, 1,600km circumnavigation of Tasmania, and later led the first northerly sea kayak crossing of infamous Bass Strait. He was co-leader of a 1985 pioneering science expedition into an unexplored region of the Kimberley, which provided reconnaissance data for the Royal Geographical Society’s 1988 Kimberly Research Project. In 1985-86 he led Australia’s first Arctic expedition, with HRH The Prince of Wales as patron and Lord Shackleton as Principal UK Advisor. Earle has an intimate knowledge of Greenland, having explored more than half of its navigable coast travelling by yacht and sea kayak. 

His critically acclaimed sold-out book Seventh Journey is in collections and libraries worldwide, with a later edition, Savage Coast, now available through major online retailers. His television documentary film Savage Coast was released internationally through Discovery, BBC, CBC, ABC, plus European and South American broadcasters. 

Earle’s Doctoral research (deferred) built on 40 years of work by Harvard research psychologists to develop an innovative approach to leadership for today’s era of climate crisis. In the corporate sphere he has consulted on leadership culture and served as a C-Suite executive leadership coach. 

Earle has strong affiliations with traditional wooden ships in Europe and the UK, through restoration, racing events and club development. In 1987 – 88 Earle was Director of the Tall Ships spectacular where the Prime Minister officially opened Australia’s Bicentenary celebrations before a multi million international television audience. It was the largest staged event in Victoria’s history.


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