At the undergraduate level, females in geoscience/geology, geography and atmospheric science reached their peak rate of degrees awarded in 2004, with the highest percentage of 45% in geoscience/geology. Awarded degrees in all three fields are below 50% from 2000-2012. No data are presented in ocean sciences because most degrees in this field are awarded at the graduate level.
science doctoral degrees also dropped in 2009 from a peak of 59% to 48% in 2012. It appears the high percentage of women receiving Master’s degrees are not continuing on to their PhD in ocean science.
Geography and geoscience/geology doctoral degrees are at an upward trend, but this might change in a year or two for females receiving doctoral degrees in those fields due to the decreases at the Master’s level.