Women in Ocean Sciences (Paty Matrai)

Video Shot in: 2022

Dr. Paty Matrai discusses the increasing presence of women in ocean biology and scientific collaborations. In her recent cruise on the Icebreaker Oden, both chief scientists were women, and about half of the senior scientists were also women. She highlights these positive changes in science, with more female graduate students joining in fieldwork. One project she’s involved in, two younger women, Amanda Grannis and Kerrie Pratt (see interviews on this website) lead as Principal Investigators. She acknowledges that the challenge for young women remains reaching full professor positions while maintaining a balanced life with families. Institutional factors heavily influence gender equality, with smaller institutions showing more potential for positive change.