Meet an Innovator: Susan R. Eaton, Geologist, Geophysicist and Explorer

1980 to present
Calgary, Alberta
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Hypothermia, gale force winds, and a multitude of marine life including stinging jellyfish, polar bears and Greenland sharks, are just a few of the challenges that Susan R. Eaton, founder and leader of the 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition, has encountered as she leads a ten-woman snorkel relay of the Northwest Passage. Named after ‘Sedna,’ the Inuit goddess of the ocean and the mother of all marine mammals, the expedition is embarking on a 100-day, 3,000-kilometre-long snorkel relay to document ocean change and its impact on northern communities.

Susan R Eaton is a geologist, geophysicist and polar explorer.  She spent over 30 years diving the oceans from the Antarctic to the Arctic, but after a scuba diving trauma left her unable to dive, she transitioned to exploring through snorkeling.  

In this video presented by TELUS Spark, Susan talks about the challenges of the project. For more information and news about the Sedna Epic Expedition, see their site at