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Doctor Adeline Soulier-Perkins of the National Museum of Natural History captures insects to study the biodiversity of the mangrove on February 10, 2010 in the French South American territory of Guiana. A three-mast sail boat left the Brittany harbor of Fecamp in November 2009 for a two-year scientific expedition, called "Terre Ocean" (Earth Ocean) from South America to the Pacific Ocean. The Terre-Ocean mission is today one of the “field” operations of the Grenelle de la Mer (a French project geared towards improving environmental issues associated with the sea) and was launched on 27 February 2009 on board La Boudeuse when it was docked in Paris. The concerns of the Grenelle de la Mer project are many and reflect the desire to preserve the planet for future generations: the protection of the environment and biodiversity, the fight against global warming, sustainable development, energy management, etc.  AFP PHOTO JODY AMIET (Photo credit should read JODY AMIET/AFP/Getty Images)
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Doctor Adeline Soulier-Perkins of the National Museum of Natural History captures insects to study biodiversity in the French South American territory of Guiana. AFP PHOTO JODY AMIET

A new study shines light on what day to day life may be like for female scientists working in the field.

While we often hear about the results of scientific study, we rarely hear about what life is like day to day for the scientists conducting those studies.

Many researchers are women and they face a lot of challenges working in a male-dominated field.

Over the years, Dr. Kate Clancy, a professor of anthropology at University of Illinois, had been hearing alarming stories from her female colleagues about experiences of sexual harassment, even assault.

Eventually she did what scientists do: she put together a team and conducted a formal study. Their findings were published this week in the journal Plos One. Kate Clancy joins Take Two to talk about their findings.
 

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