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. 

mzanthr0pe asked:

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?

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. 

Anonymous asked:

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 :(

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!

Anonymous asked:

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 ?

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.

iwas-a-star asked:

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?

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! 

Anonymous asked:

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

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?

sight-for-green-eyes asked:

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!


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! 

bowlingforgazpacho asked:

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:

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. 

0nly-the-0cean-and-me asked:

Hi Samatha, let me start by saying how great your blog is! I often learn new stuff from your blog. I don't think you would rmb but I have asked you once about uni choices. I have now applied to both unis in the UK and the US. I am currently struggling to choose between St. Andrews and Southampton (both Marine Biology programme). I know both schools are pretty well known for their marine biology program but I can only accept one offer. Which one would you recommend to me? Thank you very much!

Hi Billyboy!

Good to hear from you again. I’m sorry but I can’t make this decision for you! Both are great programmes, and it is a tough choice.

I will say go and visit them both. Get a feel for the Universities. Look at their module options, look at the lab and field work they offer, see if any of it fits in line with where you want to go after Uni. Hopefully one will feel like it fits you better! 

Good luck,


Anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm currently studying marine biology as an undergraduate at Newcastle University in my first year. I'm also doing voluntary work at my local marine lab at the coast (population surveys), and mentoring pre-degree level students in my spare time. I'm kind of hoping to travel a lot and do work in conservation/environmental consultancy/research when i graduate, anything else i should be doing to help me stand out? Do you think it would be best to do a masters too? Thank you! :) x

Hi Anon,

Sounds like you’re doing loads already! Any and all experience is useful, and the more in line with your goals that experience is, the better. If you want to do more, use your summers to travel and find new experiences. You can volunteer for different organizations and conservation projects and figure out what direction within conservation/consultancy/research you want to go into. Learn to dive if you haven’t already. It’s amazing. 

Do a masters if you think you can gain from it, not because it’s a masters that you can do. Those extra letters after your name are always useful, but if you are going to spend all that time and effort on a course, you might as well make sure it’s something you are passionate about and will benefit you.

Best of luck!