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Cassie Cooper, Vivienne (1926–)

Cassie Cooper, Vivienne (1926–)

New Zealand botanist. Name variations: Vivienne Cassie-Cooper; Vivienne Cassie; Vivienne Dellow; Vivienne Cooper. Born Una Vivienne Dellow, Sept 29, 1926, in Auckland, New Zealand; m. Richard Morrison Cassie (professor), 1953 (died); Dr. Robert Cecil Cooper (botanist), 1984; children: (1st m.) 2.

Made 1st regional study of New Zealand marine phytoplankton while working as a New Zealand Oceanographic Institute (NZOI) researcher; studied intertidal ecology of Narrow Neck Reef at University of Auckland (BA, 1947, MA, 1949) and ecology of Hauraki Gulf's marine algae at University of Wellington (PhD, 1955); studied at American institutions including Woods Hole (1960–61); returned to NZOI to study phytoplankton collected at Fuchs Transarctic expedition; studied Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti's freshwater phytoplankton populations while employed at University of Auckland's Botany Department (1966–74); researched at Scripps Institute of Oceanography to study lead poisoning on algae in culture (1971); was researcher at Mt. Albert Research Centre's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR, Botany Division); helped create the 1st International Phycological Congress (1982) at St. Johns, Newfoundland; worked as research associate at Centre for Biodiversity & Ecology Research at University of Waikato, New Zealand. Writings Microalgae: Microscopic Marvels (1996); received New Zealand Order of Merit (1997).

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