Science and Sails (Memoir of first female oceanographer in a changing world)

Science and Sails (Memoir of first female oceanographer in a changing world)

by Kathryn Anne Burns

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Science and Sails (Memoir of first female oceanographer in a changing world) by Kathryn Anne Burns

This memoir by Kathryn Anne Burns charts the career of the first woman graduate from the most prestigious oceanographic institute in the world, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Program. The first chapter is the struggle and achievements of a graduate student who discovers a new test that will revolutionize efforts at monitoring toxins in the marine environment. The time scale is the early nineteen seventies at the beginning of global awareness of the dangers of unchecked coastal development that was ruining the ecological functioning of critical estuaries. Kathy is caught up in the urgency of saving the Oceans and is launched into a career which until this time was strictly a man’s domain and has to overcome the prejudices and downright hostility of male colleagues and associates who want to preserve their exclusivity.

Subsequent chapters follow Kathy and her husband, Robbie, around the world as Kathy takes up positions in Melbourne Australia, Monaco, Bermuda Biological Station, and then back to the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, Australia and their adventures in sailing between these positions on the world globe. Most people fly on commercial airlines but these two decided that was too tame, stocked their yacht with provisions and set sail. Not even Kathy’s chronic seasickness deters her and you have to wonder at her drive and determination, no doubt the same impetus to get her PhD degree at such a transitional time for women in science.

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BN ID: 2940152085822
Publisher: Kathryn Anne Burns
Publication date: 07/30/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Science and Sails (Memoir of first woman oceanographer in a changing world) is available on I have over 100 publications in marine science which can be viewed on scholar google. Kathryn A. Burns adjunct scientist (volunteer) Jan 2012 to present James Cook University, Box 974 Townsville, Qld. 4810 Australia Phone: 61 74727495 Fax: 61 747725 852 Email: Citizenship: Dual: Australia and United States of America Professional Positions: Adjunct Scientist in Tropical Water Group at JCU and Sole Proprietor of KBurns Marine Geochemistry Pty. Ltd. ABN 84 487 106 808 Education: B.S. 1970. Biochemistry (cum laude), Michigan State University PhD. 1975. Biological Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (First woman graduate). M.A. in Writing -James Cook University 2015 Previous Research Positions: 1993-2011 Principal Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Qld. Australia 1986-1993 Research Scientist at Bermuda Biological Station for Research 1980-1985 Head of the Organic Chemistry Section of the International Laboratory of Marine Radioactivity, (I.A.E.A.) Principality of Monaco. 1976-1980 Marine Chemistry Unit, Ministry for Conservation, Victoria Australia.

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