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What training is required in order to become a marine biologist?
Good basis in Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Mathematics and Statistics. Economics also helpful.
2. How long does it take to become a marine biologist?
Your whole life.
3. Are there many jobs available for a marine biologist?
I wish I could say yes, but no. You have to realise going into it that finding a job is either going to be really easy (bc of connections or luck) or extremely difficult.
4. Do marine biologists need a scuba license?
5. Describe the lifestyle of a marine biologist.
Right now, I'm on an island in the Torres Strait, north of Australia. I work 12+ hr days but get to chopper over pristine reefs. I don't get paid overtime or very well in general. I work long and hard, sometimes its very frustrating. Sometimes I wonder why I do it. Then I get to do this trip.
It's ups and downs.
6. What are the biggest challenges marine biologists face?
Finding a job. Getting paid well. And by that I don't mean having a lot of money, but when you decide to have a family one day, it will feel like you earn NOTHING.
Also people think you play with dolphins all day = little street cred.
7. What were your favorite and least favorite parts of studying marine biology?
of studying, I loved oceanography. Life histories of corals. The vast interconnectedness of our ecosystems.
8. Do you enjoy your job?
90% of the time I have to pinch myself.
9. What do you consider the most exciting new developments in your field?
We're developing tissue nutrient analysis to detect early signs of stress in seagrasses. Not exactly cutting edge, but usefull all the same in port developments around the nation.
10. Do marine biologists collaborate with sciences of other disciplines on a regular basis?
Definately. I started out a fish ecologist and somehow I now work on seagrass. Collaboration, yes.
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