How Work-Family Justice Can Bring Balance to Scientist Moms
It’s time to change cultural views and expectations around science and motherhood
Elizabeth Phillips is a postdoctoral research associate working on euphausiids in the California Current. She has a PhD from the University of Washington and MS from Moss Landing Marine Labs, San Francisco State University. Her research interests include marine food webs and predator-prey interactions, with a particular focus on the influence of freshwater on marine ecosystems. She has worked at sea and in the lab studying seabirds, marine mammals, fish, and zooplankton using direct sampling and remote sensing, including hydroacoustics. She had her son at the start of the third year of her PhD, and was grateful for on-campus childcare (despite a long wait-list). One of her most recent experiences as a scientist mom was FaceTiming her now five-year old son from a ship in northwest Greenland, and showing him in real time the icebergs and glaciers she was studying. The views expressed here are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views or position of NRC or NOAA.
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