Hi I'm currently gathering research for my EPQ on the role of sharks in our oceans why we need top predators in ecosystems and was wondering if you'd know anyone or any links to some good resources thank you very much and keep up the good work :)
Shark Savers have a nice overview of the role sharks play in maintaining ecosystem balance, but even more handy is the “Additional Resources” link at the bottom of the page where they cite all the references. A great starting point:
Hello, my name is Jade. I am a senior in high school. I go to an alternative education program called the Walkabout Program. There they offer the opportunity to do internships. Last year I did an internship at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. I loved working with aquarists and educators there. This year I would like to do a long distance internship somewhere I could further study marine animals and their habitats. Do you have any resources you'd be willing to share? thank you!
I don’t know much about aquariums… if that’s what you want to explore more you should ask Ben!
If it’s other marine biology internships, perhaps some of my lovely followers can make some recommendations?
Hi there! I absolutely love your blog, it helps keep me motivated! I'm currently (stuck) in Colorado working my my B.S. in Biology. I plan on moving on after I graduate for my master's and PhD in marine biology. I've been working for the last two years on mate choice behavior in convict cichlids. I'll have a good GPA when I graduate, and a little bit of teaching experience and volunteering. Anything else you can recommend? I'm looking at Scripps as my top choice for schools in the US.
More experience/ volunteering :)
The more you do, the more skills you’ll develop and the more employable/ useful/ well rounded you’ll be!
I’ve heard excellent things about Scripps but am not that familiar with the details of it’s programmes.
Sounds like you’re on a good track - best of luck!
hello. I know you probably get this question a lot, but i really want to do something involving Marine life once i finish highschool, but i dont know how to get on that career path. is there classes i should be taking in hs? i`ve been interested in this since i was young, but just got serious about it recently. i want to work with dolphins alot as they are my favorite animal. (sorry this is worded weird i`m not exactly sure what i`m asking, just a little help would be great) thank you :)
Firstly, I would try to sit, think, research what “something involving marine life” actually is. Try to define it to a type of work you’re interested in. Look at University courses you want to take (if that is the route you want to go down), check out their entry requirements and adjust your classes accordingly.
You might find that down the line you find other animals just as interesting, if not more, than dolphins. Take lots of sciences and don’t close any doors on yourself.
Hi, the only place I can work with marine animals where I live is at my local aquarium, would that be a good choice to work there the rest of my life? I want to, and they do a lot of research on the animals there to. What do you think? : )
I think there is no way I can answer this for you. It really depends on what you want out of life. Great if you like the work, but is it a situation that works for your social life, family, relationships…all the things that matter beyond your profession.
I’m not a life coach, and I firmly believe that one makes the best decisions for oneself. I will just add one thing for you to ponder…you don’t have to work in one place for the rest of your life…
I am thinking about becoming a Marine biologist like you. I have a few questions though is it as fun and rewarding as it sounds is it the same thing everyday or is does different things happen and what's it like
It all really depends on what job you have and whether you like it and the people you work with.
I find my job fun and rewarding because I love the work and the people. I work for this company, and by nature, marine conservation work is very varied. You have to be flexible, able to react to changes in political or social climate, environmental situations etc.
If you have a passion for what you do, you’ll enjoy it more :)
Hi there! First of all, can I just say that I love your blog. It's one of my favourites on Tumblr. I was just wondering about the different 'fields' that you can get into within marine biology. You see, I’m going to university to study marine biology next year and I’m very enthusiastic. I have a part-time job on the zoo team at a marine zoo at the moment which I love, and that’s guaranteed for the duration of my course and afterwards. I’m aware that there are many things that you can do as a mar
Thank you very much!
Try reading the link provided here. It’s a nice summary of marine biology work. I’d love to be able to answer all the questions like this thoroughly, but there are as many fields as the ocean is deep. Non surprisingly. Try reading the profiles of other marine biologists (not just the ones on the link) to get an idea of what’s out there.
I'm a medical graduate. It is my ambition to be a marine biologist since childhood. Let's just say I was forced to do medicine to begin with. Recently, I've stopped working in the hospital in order for me to pursue my profession in marine biology. I've approached some marine biologist and they'll meet me somewhere next week. I just want to ask for your advice regarding this matter.
Try and narrow down what you are interested in, in the marine biological world. Ask specific questions and advice. Ask where you can get some work experience. Use them as a tool to get what you want, not people who are going to tell you what to do.
This will probably seem like a silly question, but what efforts do you think have contributed most to the efforts on preventing the cultural use of shark fin in dishes like shark fin soup?
This is totally not a silly question.
I think it’s been the result of over a decade of active education and awareness campaigns. Teaching children the ecological importance of sharks, using celebrities to brand the practice untrendy, exposing the scale and brutality of the industry through undercover photojournalism, preventing transport by lobbying airlines not to carry fins as cargo.
It’s been slow growing progress, like any social change, but I think we’re seeing the tide turn on the harvesting of sharks for their fins. I’m not saying the problem is ok now, but that momentum against it is picking up pace.
Hi Samantha, I've just finished my marine science degree with hons. I know I want to be involved in conservation particularly at a policy level and would love to be active in developing countries however am unsure whether to go down an environmental law /management and policy path, whether to try and find a phd that caters to these interests or whether its the kind of job I should just get into now at the bottom and learn as I go. What is your opinion?
I am a big believer in experience, that you then support with further learning. I’d jump in, get involved with conservation projects on the ground, volunteer in different developing countries, or do internships with organisations like GIZ, or ADB, and gain some exposure to management and policy work.
I’d recommend getting some work experience in first. Then, if you do go back to higher education, maybe a masters, or a PhD, you know how to apply the content of your course in the professional world. It makes it far more useful to you.
Well, this is a weird question but i want to ask it. Many people seem to believe that dolphins are really dangerous to people(raping people etc) and i want to know in what degree is that true based on your experience and knowledge.
I don’t know all that much about it, but attempts of rape, and attacks have been recorded. It’s true, but how common it is I couldn’t say. I would think that it depends on the personality of the dolphin, the same as it would in humans.
Hey, I always see you giving out great advice to people hoping to go into marine biology, and this may be a ridiculous question, but here goes! Im a marine biology student in second year, and Im hoping to find in internship for this next summer, but I'v no idea how to go about it! The best advice Iv got is to just email people but that seems a bit like a shot in the dark. What do you think is the best way to go about asking for an internship, and even finding one in the fist place? Thankyou!
It’s not a ridiculous question! Emailing people is the advice I would give. Be polite but concise and ask specific questions that you wouldn’t be able to Google yourself.
A quick search of “marine biology internship” should give you an overview of what is out there, and then you can decide what interests you and narrow down your choices.