Kathryn Anne Burns


Science and Sails (Memoir of first woman oceanographer in a changing world) is available on Smashwords.com

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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: kathryn.burns@jcu.edu.au

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.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
Designing a cover for Science and Sails was rather problematic. How do you represent Science? So I chose a question mark for the Science and the sailboat for the sailing.
What got you fired up about trying to save the Oceans?
I entered graduate school in 1970 just after Silent Spring by Rachael Carson was published in 1962 and just as the USA was legislating the US EPA and NOAA into being in 1972. The first pictures from space were exciting everyone. It was clear that unchecked industrial destruction of the estuaries was happening big time. I had to learn the tools to get into the fray about saving our oceans.
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Where to buy in print


Science and Sails (Memoir of first female oceanographer in a changing world)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,630. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Ocean life
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.

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