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Susan R. Eaton

Susan R Eaton | Sedna Epic Team Leader

Susan R. Eaton

Expedition Founder, Team Leader,  Geoscientist and Journalist

Citizenship: Canadian
Calgary, Alberta

A Canadian geologist, geophysicist, journalist and conservationist, Susan R. Eaton 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 co-mingle.

Ten years ago, Susan suffered a scuba diving trauma that landed her in a hyperbaric chamber and ended her 30-year diving career. Undaunted, her up-close-and-personal relationship with the ocean (which had included teaching diving) didn’t end in the hyperbaric chamber. She’s snorkeled with chatty belugas Hudson Bay, migrating salmon in Haida Gwaii, and with darting penguins and charging leopard seals in Antarctica.

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Susan R. Eaton navigates pack ice, northern Labrador, Canada, during the Sedna Epic’s Proof-of-Concept Expedition, July 2014.

In 2013, Susan founded the Sedna Epic Expedition, which is comprised of an international team of women ocean explorers, scientists, journalists, movie-makers, photographers, artists, educators and scuba diving professionals. Since 2014, Team Sedna has mounted two dive and snorkel expeditions in northern waters (Newfoundland & Labrador, Baffin Island, Western Greenland and Iceland), conducting snorkel relays, exploring ocean change and delivering an innovative, hands-on ocean outreach to Inuit youth and Elders, with a particular focus on empowering girls.

In the summers of 2018 and 2019, Team Sedna will boldly go where no man has gone before, mounting a snorkel relay of the 3,000-kilometre Northwest Passage. Sedna’s sea women will study the impacts of disappearing sea ice in the Arctic, combining scientific investigations with aboriginal knowledge. Working with girls and young women in the Inuit and Inuvialuit communities situated along the Northwest Passage, Team Sedna will inspire the next generation of Indigenous leaders to tackle the impacts of societal change and climate change in the Arctic.


A member of the Explorers Club, Susan brings her expertise in earth science, geography, mapping and science journalism to the Sedna Epic Expedition. Leveraging her science and communications background, she translates environmental issues into bite-size action steps and empowering people to uphold human rights and protect the planet’s oceans and wild spaces.

Susan began her journalism career in as an on-camera new reporter with CBC-TV. Today, as a freelance writer, she reports on business, energy, the environment, science, adventure travel and extreme snorkeling. Her articles and photographs have been widely published in American and Canadian magazines and newspapers.

During 2010-2015, Susan participated—as a geoscientist and journalist—in four science-based expeditions to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica, Svalbard, Eastern Greenland and Iceland. Readers followed Susan, virtually, as she studied the interplay of plate tectonics, glaciers, ocean change and climate change.

Susan has been involved, as a volunteer in conservation issues, for more than twenty-five years. In 2014, she was named one of Canada’s top 75 female environmental leaders by Nature Canada. A member of the board of directors of Nature Canada, Susan is a founding member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature, an initiative that brings women together to protect wilderness, save wildlife and connect kids to nature.

In 2015, Susan was named one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers and trailblazers by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (the “RCGS”). And, in 2016, she was included amongst Canada’s 25 greatest female explorers by the RCGS.

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Susan’s Website: www.susanreaton.com

Susan’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/srecoconsultants

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