Lethal Tides

During World War II, Woods Hole marine biologist Mary Sears and her team of eccentric scientists pioneered oceanographic intelligence that revolutionized naval warfare in the Pacific and helped win the war. After the war she was promoted to the level of Commander and had a naval oceanographic ship, the USNS Mary Sears named after her. She is known as the Mother of Naval Oceanography.

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Writer Biography - Catherine Anne Musemeche

Catherine “Kate” Musemeche is a graduate of the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas and the University of Texas School of Law. Dr. Musemeche’s first book, Small, was longlisted for the E.O. Wilson/Pen American Literary Science Award and was awarded the Texas Writer’s League Discovery Prize for Nonfiction in 2015. Her second book, Hurt, was named one of the top ten EMS books of the decade. Her third book, Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists who Helped Win World War II was published by Harper Collins in August and named an Editor’s Pick for Best History on Amazon. She has also contributed to Smithsonian Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction magazine and EMS World. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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