What does it mean to be a marine biologist?


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What does it mean to be a marine biologist?

  1. 1. What does it mean tobe a marine biologist? Jessica Rohde and Megan Stachura Graduate Students School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences University of Washington
  2. 2. What does a marine biologist do?Studies in the —  as small as zooplankton to as large as whales! —  Questions we want to answer: —  How many are there? —  Where are they? Where do they go? —  What do they eat? What eats them? —  Use a variety of tools: —  genetic and molecular —  mathematical modeling —  ecological surveys —  laboratory experiments
  3. 3. Research in the lab
  4. 4. Research at Sea
  5. 5. Megan—  BS in Marine Science and Biology at the University of Miami—  Studied abroad in Australia—  Laboratory research with the Department of Energy —  Effects of climate change on butterflies
  6. 6. —  Internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Juneau, Alaska —  studying the mortality of released sablefish due to fishing injuries
  7. 7. —  Job with the National Park Service —  studying the physical oceanography of Glacier Bay National Park in AK—  Current research at UW —  the effects of physical (temperature) and biological (predators, prey) variables on survival of young fish in the North Pacific Ocean
  8. 8. Jessica—  Ballard High School —  Internship studying diatoms florescence—  BA in biology from Colorado College—  Undergraduate research: —  coral reef ecology in the Turks & Caicos Islands —  small carnivore movement in Mongolia —  Effects of forest fires on benthic macroinvertebrates in Colorado
  9. 9. Web Design—  Teaching assistant in biology at Colorado College —  Made websites for different classes—  Internship at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle —  Made a website for a workshop for fisheries scientists—  Laboratory technician in the Oceanography Department at Oregon State University —  Made websites for many different labs
  10. 10. Current Research:Puget Sound coho salmon
  11. 11. What education is necessary?—  Undergraduate degree in biology, fisheries, oceanography, or a related field—  Graduate school —  Masters vs. PhD —  You can get paid to go to school!
  12. 12. What jobs can you get?—  Government Agencies —  State, tribal and federal agencies employ research scientists and policy makers —  Department of Fish and Wildlife —  Department of Natural Resources —  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) —  US Geological Survey
  13. 13. What jobs can you get? cont.—  Non-governmental agencies (NGOs) —  Employ biologists as advisors, advocates and researchers to help their organizations meet their missions —  Nature Conservancy —  National Resource Defense Council
  14. 14. What jobs can you get? cont.—  Business, industry, and consultancy companies —  Development of technologies for research and monitoring —  Aquaculture facility —  Biomedical research to develop new medicines —  Consulting firms —  Aquariums, zoos, museums
  15. 15. How much money can you earn?—  Research assistant —  With BS, starting at $25-45K —  With MS, a little bit more—  University professor —  PhD necessary —  Starting at $70K, up to $100K, but really depends on the university—  Fisheries biologist —  With MS or PhD —  Work with state or federal agency —  Starting at $55K, up to $90K
  16. 16. What can I do now?—  Take classes to prepare —  Any science classes you can —  Lots of math and statistics—  Internships and Volunteer Opportunities —  Aquarium —  People for Puget Sound —  Puget Soundkeeper Alliance —  NOAA—  Look into scholarships for college —  NOAA Hollings Scholarship
  17. 17. More Information—  UW SAFS prospective student website—  Sea Grant marine careers website
  18. 18. Questions?