Shinn cover.inddBootstrap Geologist: My Life in Science

 By Gene Shinn

Pubdate: 4/9/2013

Hard work, perseverance, and passion have allowed Gene Shinn to make major geological discoveries. Without an advanced degree, but possessing a tremendous work ethic and insatiable curiosity, Shinn parlayed a background in music, biology, spearfishing, and salvage diving into a career that earned him the Twenhofel Medal – the highest award given by the International Society for Sedimentary Geology. He brings the same enthusiasm and thrill of exploration to this autobiography.

Readers are given front row seats to Shinn’s adventures as a scientist in the field and the highs and lows of data gathering that can lead to paradigm-breaking discoveries, some of which have significantly improved our understanding of underwater oil reserves.  Hearing a first-hand account of Shinn’s role in inventing the technology for underwater core drilling and studying the effects of African dust on coral reefs, readers shouldn’t be surprised to find themselves enthralled by and excited about the scientific process.

Gene as a fourteen-year-old snake catcher with his homemade canoe in the Everglades.
Gene as a fourteen-year-old snake catcher with his homemade canoe in the Everglades.

Gene and Dan Robbin coring the reef in Belize.
Gene and Dan Robbin coring the reef in Belize.