Carson startit her career as a biologist in the U.S. Bureau o Fisheries, an became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us wan her financial security an recognition as a gifted writer. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, an the republished version o her first book, Under the Sea Wind, wur an aa bestsellers. Thegither, her sea trilogy explores the whole o ocean life, frae the shores tae the surface tae the deep sea.
In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention tae conservation an the environmental problems caused bi synthetic pesticides. The result wis Silent Spring (1962), which brocht environmental concerns tae an unprecedentit portion o the American public. Silent Spring spurred a reversal in naitional pesticide policy—leadin tae a naitionwide ban on DDT an ither pesticides—an the grassroots environmental movement the book inspired led tae the creation o the Environmental Protection Agency. Carson wis posthumously awardit the Presidential Medal o Freedom bi Jimmy Carter.