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What entails an average day for a marine biologist?

I really like marine biology and I plan on going into the field, so I was wondering what is was like for the professionals. #biology #marine-biology #marine-mammals

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David’s Answer

There are many different types of work that could be considered Marine Biology, especially if you also include Biological Oceanography.

A Marine Biologist could spend most of their time in the lab, out in the field (on ships, etc.), or some mixture of both. They could study anything from single celled organisms (bacteria, germs, algae, etc.) all the way up to large animals like fish, squid, or whales. They could have a simple degree in Biology or Zoology, and happen to work marine plants/animals, or an advanced degree specializing in Marine Biology, and everything in between.

The experience of a Marine Biology really just depends on their interests. For some, it may be no different than any other biology field (for example, someone studying the genetics of Marine Life in the laboratory). For others, they may have a uniquely Marine role that primarily involves research out on the ocean. And again, everything in between.

David recommends the following next steps:

Give some thought to identify what are your specific interests
Find an internship type role that falls within these interests
Reevaluate and repeat as necessary
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Elizabeth’s Answer

As a Marine Biologist, my sister works on a contract basis for NOAA doing whale research on a boat in Alaska during the summer.

Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:

Check out internships with NOAA
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