Showing 54 posts tagged career

Marine Environmental Protection students research project in the Cayman Islands. 

Ever wondered what it’s like to go away on a marine research project? My mate Joe documented his time in the Cayman Islands doing reef surveys and general joviality. 

Coral reef surveys are intensive and you need to know your stuff, from coral species to fish families, but spending so much time down there, you never know what you’re going to see! 

1. Men and women succeed because they take pains to succeed. Industry and patience are almost genius; and successful people are often more distinguished for resolution and perseverance than for unusual gifts. They make determination and unity of purpose supply the place of ability.

9 rules for success by British novelist Amelia E. Barr, 1901 (via explore-blog)

Cross-discipline advice. 

(via explore-blog)

So I graduated from college with a BS in Marine Science going on two years in May. I feel like if I just go back to school, I am just going to rack up more expenses, and I can barely pay for the ones I have now. I can't seem to find a job anywhere that is willing to hire someone with as little experience as I have gotten. Any advice?

Asked by mzanthr0pe

Yep - get more experience! 

Going back to school is a worthy investment, but not the only route you can take. Plus, you would gain so much more from higher education if you were taking the course with purpose and direction.

Volunteer, take an internship, get that experience so you can say “No I don’t have a masters, I have all this awesome hands on, practical, and excellent experience”. Ask if any local labs or field stations need help. Do a project overseas (ahem Zoox ahem). 

It’s not an easy thing to do, to put yourself out there voluntarily, especially if you have a job and bills to pay already, but the investment you put into yourself and your skills now will pay off. 

What do you recommend (if anything) for someone who has a low Undergraduate GPA but wants to become a marine biologist? It's scary to think I've messed up my future beyond repair :(

Asked by Anonymous

Hi Anon, Don’t freak out. Nothing is beyond repair, just maybe a slightly different path to what you originally intended. Now, it all depends on what sort of marine biologist you want to be. I can’t help you with that. What I can say is try and make up for your grades with practical experience. Get some lab or field work in you, volunteer for anything relevant. Basically, prove your worth with successful experience rather than your grades. Make sure you network, meet people in the field you want to be in. Ask their advice. Don’t have a chip on your shoulder about your grades. It’ll hold you back. Accept them, and move forward! Remember just because you’re not doing exactly what you planned doesn’t mean that it isn’t a success!

I am honestly so inspired by the work you do and I would love to become a marine biologist. I'm from cairns Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef, but everyone's telling me people rarely find a job in with marine biology after university. Is it honestly really hard to find a job in that field of work ? Even out of Australia ?

Asked by Anonymous

Yes ‘everyone’ says this. They told me this too. I think many of us forget how immense the ocean and its life are, an therefore how broad the term “marine biologist” is. Technically the term means someone studying (i.e. researching) the biology of organisms in the marine environment. There’s lots of organisms and there’s lots of different marine environments! Maybe you are studying Cephalopoda in the deep sea, or maybe you’re working with gobies on a rocky shore, or sea birds and mangroves…there is a long list of research. But research isn’t the only thing you can do with a marine biology degree. Maybe you’ll work in education, or in environmental consultancy, or marine conservation. The skills you will learn are transferable to other fields. So there is no real answer to that question, and generally it IS hard to get a job in these economic climes. My advice, as always, is do something you love. You’ll be more interested and do better at it. But things aren’t gonna fall into your lap just because you worked hard at school. Seek opportunity, volunteer, take internships. It will help you focus you’re interests and build a network of contacts. And tell ‘everyone’ to sod off. We’ve all heard it before.

Hey there, Samantha! My name's Álex, I'm from México and I'm studying biotechnology. I'm sending this to you because recently I've been having this urge to work in field and not in a lab (I love genetics and molecular study/investigation). I would like to work with real animals and not cells... So my question is: From the experience you've got, what can a biotechnologist with molecular/genetical knowledge do in order to work with animals?

Asked by iwas-a-star

Tough question! I imagine most of your specimens come to you frozen or preserved. Fisheries management and conservation requires genetic analysis to determine distinct populations and reproductive habits, so as long as you are collecting the samples you’d be with the animals. 

I suggest asking around, trying to contact the authors of journal articles you are interested them. Try for concise and direct questions. People are busy, they won’t give time to reply to basic, wikipedia-able questions, so do your research. 

Good luck, it might not be straightforward at first, but I’m sure there are plenty of opportunities there! 

Well, I will start studying marine biology shortly. I'm passionate about marine biology, but I wanted to ask you about how you see the future of this career. I'm thinking of doing two courses: Marine biology and biomedicine. How do you see it? Do you think they are related? I like researching and I'd like researching cures and somehow able to find in the sea (?).But I would also like to relate it to alimentation... I don't know.. Please, help me! :) Pd: I really love you! haha

Asked by Anonymous

How far does the future of this career go? How deep is the sea? There is still so much to learn, study, research, protect! Everyday we lean new things from and about our ocean. I’m sure there’s a cross over between biomedicine and marine biology. A coral reef is like the rainforest - millions of things left to learn and medicinal uses are already being investigated. I don’t know much about biomedicine but I’ll open it up to the followers who are themselves an infinite source of information! Anyone got any more advice?

Hello! I've immediately become a huge fan of your blog, and I have wanted to be a marine biologist since I was 11... Now I'm 17. I was wondering what kind of work do you do on a day-to-day basis? Thanks for your time!

Asked by sight-for-green-eyes


I’ve been involved with a lot of different conservation projects over the last year. Currently I’m Programmes Officer for a marine conservation internship company called ‘Zoox’. I supervise our volunteers, make notes for professional feedback and oversee the work experience side of their internship, which is working with a project called Green Fins - which provides environmental standards and training for the diving industry. 

Daily, I might be scuba diving, or presenting to dive center staff. I could be working with one of the volunteers on one of their personal projects, providing advice and support. I send and receive a lot of emails, have my hand in writing grant proposals and articles for magazines, updating our social media…. what ever needs to be done! 

Every day is different for me. It’s fantastic! 

Hi! I'm a year 13 student from the UK who will be studying marine biology next year; I have offers from several universities (and an interview coming up for another), including Plymouth. The course I will be doing is slightly different to the one you graduated from but I have some questions anyway; what did you enjoy most about the course and what did you like about the uni in general? Thank you for running such a lovely blog, your posts continue to inspire me. c:

Asked by bowlingforgazpacho

I loved the practical experience - the field trips, the lab work opportunities I got with external institutions like the Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Labs. I liked a lot of things about the Uni itself, though after so much time it’s hard to pinpoint the good or the bad. I LOVED the weather. Mild(er) winters, blissful summers (when the sun is out), and … ok the wind and sideways rain wasn’t always great. 

I would highly recommend going to the open days of the Uni’s you’ve gotten offers from. I had my heart set on another University, but when I arrived to look at Plymouth, I knew it was the right place for me. Sometimes you just know, you know.