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Which areas in Marine Biology should I start Learning?

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Desiree’s Answer

Hi Jessica! My undergraduate degrees were in Marine Science and Biology. You'll need a strong background in all science. Clearly, that includes biology but also chemistry - inorganic and organic, physics (the basis of oceanography, which you'll need to understand, too), and understanding genetics helps too. Also, you need math. Unlike the "hard" sciences (chem & physics), biology requires a lot of statistical analysis, so you'll need to be able to understand mathematics and stats to explain your data. I feel that too many science majors loose sight of the fact that they need to explain their work - so having strong writing and presentation skills are important, too. What good is a breakthrough finding if you cannot describe it in a clear, articulate way either in your reports or to an audience? And, frankly, most research needs grants to get funding, so being able to write a solid grant application is a required skill! Don't dismiss writing composition/technical writing as a key part of your education. And, if possible (in school or otherwise - e.g., Toastmasters, Model UN), take a speech/presentation course.

Desiree recommends the following next steps:

Science (bio, chem, physics)
Math (esp statistics)
Writing composition/technical writing
Public speaking
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Paresh’s Answer

Marine Biology is a vast field involving studies of not only marine life but also their behavior, evolution and adaptation.
Considering the current pressing needs of protecting our planet environment, I think studying the long-term damaging effects of various kind of pollutions onto the marine life and devising solutions to protect them can be a good option. Also there is a greater need of research on fixing gas imbalance in sea (covers major area of our planet), especially the oxygen and carbon dioxide that impacts entire ecosystem on land.
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