A renowned expert in the field of biology, Karen Wylie Pryor has poured her passion into every project since the start of her career, which now spans more than 55 years. In 1960, she founded the Sea Life Park Oceanarium in Honolulu. In 1971, she entered the world of literature as a drama critic for the Honolulu Advertiser. From 1973 to 1976, Ms. Wylie Pryor worked as a copywriter for Fawcett McDermott. At this point in her career, Ms. Wylie Pryor had already published her first book, “Nursing Your Baby.” Since then, she has revised and updated the book with the help of her daughter , Gale.
Early on in her career, Karen Wylie Pryor advised the United States Tuna Foundation on scientific matters. Moreover, from 1984 to 1987, she served as a commissioner for the Marine Mammal Commission. Today,
she dedicates her time to several endeavors, including as a freelance writer, marine mammal consultant, president of Sunshine Books, Inc., and as a consultant for NASA’s National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.
Throughout the course of her illustrious career, Ms. Wylie Pryor has exercised her passion for her profession through various affiliations. She has formed professional relationships with the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Animal Behavior Society, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She has also contributed to the Authors Guild, the Society of Women Geographers, the Marine Mammal Society and Cosmopolitan Club.
Ms. Wylie Pryor earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Cornell University. She has also completed coursework at the University of Hawaii, New York University and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Since entering her field, she has been continuously recognized for her hard work and dedication. In 1984, she received the Excellence in Media Award from the American Psychological Association. Most recently, in 2016, she was the recipient of the Award for Contributions to Science from the University of North Texas’ Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals. Due to her professional accomplishments, Ms. Wylie Pryor has been featured in Marquis Who’s Who publications such as Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who of American Women.
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