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

Memoir by Kathryn Anne Burns charts the career of first woman graduate from the most prestigious oceanographic institute in the world, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Program. It's the struggle and achievements of a young scientist who discovers a new test that will revolutionize efforts at monitoring toxins in the Oceans and her sailing life. More

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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
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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