SU­SAN R. EA­TON

Geo­sci­en­tist and con­ser­va­tion­ist; leader of the all-woman 2014-2017 Sedna Epic Ex­pe­di­tion, which is aim­ing to snorkel the en­tire North­west Pas­sage.

Canadian Geographic - - EXPLORING CARTOGRAPH­Y - —As told to N.W.

My plan was orig­i­nally to be­come a marine bi­ol­o­gist, like my mother. She wasn’t a diver, but a marine mam­mal ex­pert with Fish­eries and Oceans Canada. Her spe­cialty was fatty acids and lipids, and in the 1970s she worked at de­vel­op­ing a syn­thetic al­ter­na­tive to whale oil. My sis­ters and I took turns go­ing on field trips with her, so I was lucky enough to spend time with her spot­ting whales from mil­i­tary air­craft over the Nova Sco­tia coast, or on ex­pe­di­tions where DFO teams were shoot­ing adult seals to study their or­gans. She was a work­ing mother and a sci­en­tist, and unique in her gen­er­a­tion.

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