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Poortea 01-17-2013 05:06 AM

Becoming a Marine Biologist
 
I only have two tropical tanks right now, I want to get a salt water soon. I'm 14, and I have already planned my education towards becoming a Marine Biologist, not to "talk" with Dolphins, but to study Marine Life. I joined this forum so I can learn about fish more, helping me in becoming a Marine Biologist. I plan on working extremely hard on Biology, Chemistry and Geography. I am not sure if I will go to college or stay for A-levels, I would much rather go to college, if there are any Marine related courses in the UK, Canada or Australia. Is anyone here a Marine Biologist? Would they be able to tell me what courses and subjects I will need to focus on, and once I leave University or college, what I do from there? Thanks!

fish monger 01-17-2013 08:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Poortea (Post 1393959)
I only have two tropical tanks right now, I want to get a salt water soon. I'm 14, and I have already planned my education towards becoming a Marine Biologist, not to "talk" with Dolphins, but to study Marine Life. I joined this forum so I can learn about fish more, helping me in becoming a Marine Biologist. I plan on working extremely hard on Biology, Chemistry and Geography. I am not sure if I will go to college or stay for A-levels, I would much rather go to college, if there are any Marine related courses in the UK, Canada or Australia. Is anyone here a Marine Biologist? Would they be able to tell me what courses and subjects I will need to focus on, and once I leave University or college, what I do from there? Thanks!

That sounds like a very exciting career choice. Since I'm from the USA, I'm not familiar with institutions and the educational processes in the countries you mentioned. Additionally, I'm not a marine biologist. One thing that could really help you get the information and contacts you need would be to look for volunteer opportunities at zoos, public aquariums, or marine parks / attractions that are close to home. There would more than likely be professionals there who would be more than willing to share their advice and experience.

Poortea 01-17-2013 09:37 AM

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Originally Posted by fish monger (Post 1394026)
That sounds like a very exciting career choice. Since I'm from the USA, I'm not familiar with institutions and the educational processes in the countries you mentioned. Additionally, I'm not a marine biologist. One thing that could really help you get the information and contacts you need would be to look for volunteer opportunities at zoos, public aquariums, or marine parks / attractions that are close to home. There would more than likely be professionals there who would be more than willing to share their advice and experience.

For work experience, I'm going to try volunteering at Sea Life London, or Brighton. I read if you want to a decent pay in Marine Biology, you need experiance. I'm not going into this for money, apparently if you're lucky you'll get 25,000. I just want a job I enjoy. If anyone on here is a Marine Biologist, or is becoming one, could you help? :D

thekoimaiden 01-24-2013 09:16 PM

I'm not a marine biologist (because saltwater doesn't interest me), but I am a fisheries science major (which means I study fish--marine and FW). I can tell you that what Fish Monger said holds a LOT of truth. Nowadays it's not about what you know so much as who you know. Most of my summer jobs I've gotten because of my contacts.

Another good piece of advice I can give you is to join a professional society. The American Fisheries Society is what we have here in the states and what I am a member of. I know Europe has to have something like that. Find it and join it. This will extend your network. It will also put you in contact with grad students looking for undergrads to help them with research.

When studying, don't just focus on the sciences. You also need to have strong writing and verbal communication skills. It's become a very common trend for scientists just to write for other scientists; however this doesn't actually help because these idea are just kept within the community. We need to be able to break this mold and share those ideas with the whole world; layman and government official alike. They aren't going to willingly pick up a peer-reviewed journal, so we as responsible scientists need to be able to explain our discoveries to them in clear terms. A very large part of science is communication. Writing ability is beginning to separate the good scientists from the great ones.

Best of luck! And if you're curious about some famous marine people from Europe look up Daniel Pauly; he's done some groundbreaking work in marine fisheries.

Poortea 01-25-2013 04:56 AM

Thank you, I'm working towards Geography, Maths, The Sciences, and english. My father, has always wished for me to go to the same university as him, Dalhousie in Nova scotia, Canada, and upon looking it up, they seems to have a strong Marine Biology facility.
I need some help though - A quote from DalHousie admission requirements GCE A levels UK
"Admission Requirements
for GCE A Level (British System) applicants
Admission
A level students bring outstanding academic skills to Dalhousie classrooms and we want to recognize your hard work. You need a minimum of five subjects, including two A (Advanced) levels or four AS (Advanced Subsidiary) levels with grades of C or better, for admission. Course requirements are the same as for direct from high school applicants. Exceptional candidates may be accepted on GCSE or O (Ordinary) levels."
I hope to go to Plymouth college at 16, and should I do well on my GCSE's, I'll get in. But, if I go to Plmouth, and complete a 2 year course, would I be able to attend DalHousie, or would I have to stay for sixth forum, A Levels?

fish monger 01-25-2013 05:28 AM

It seems as though you have some real confusion as to the educational requirements for your chosen profession. After reading your last post, I was confused. It seems to me that it shouldn't be this way. Perhaps you could write to the department head at the university of your choice and ask for specific, real world information. If you have a good counselor at your current school, they might be able to break things down to a more clear and logical level. It shouldn't be such a challenge just to find out what to do. There will be enough challenge doing what you need to do. Your doing a great job with your research and I can tell you will no doubt achieve your goal. I would work at simplifying the logistics wherever you can. That can be difficult at times because some institutions and people love to make things more complicated than necessary.

thekoimaiden 01-25-2013 07:01 PM

This is an international forum and not all of us had the same requirements to get into higher eduation. Fish monger is right. You should contact the specific schools you want to attend and ask for their input.

Nilet699 01-26-2013 01:31 PM

Ok, my Mrs has a marine biology and coastal management degree here in the UK, so this will be relevant.

I'm going to be honest in this post, i dont bother gift wrapping stuff.
To make a success of this degree, you need 3 things-
1/ a willingness to work for years possibly for ZERO money.
2/ A wealthy parent or start putting money away now! My mrs dad was CEO for hilton UK, amongst many other top jobs. put simply, hes a millionaire.9reasons come in later)
3/ A like of wasting money on stupid things you have to be a member of. we spend about 500 a year ($800) just to be a member of various groups- as 90% of jobs make this necessary. its a bit of a con tbh.

Ok, my Mrs has never even worked properly in this career just because of how hard it is to get into, and the fact its a rich girls game, and she doesnt like that side of things.

You will need your degree here obv, but previous to this what you take is of zero relevance. She did mediocre at best in her GCSE's, and then did a BTEC from home in Criminal ###### (cant remember) - basically - CSI stuff. haha.

Sufferd with M.E. for a year and then went to Uni for the marine.

The degree gets you no where........a masters is the minimum requisite you will need else youll be 2 steps behind before you start.
Shes still wanting to do this but is fast tracked through management in retail....so ends up stuck there.

next - start volunteering NOW.....ANYTHING....at sealife....beach cleaning...........nearly all jobs want at LEAST 2 years voluntary as a mandatory for employment.
Not spending your holidays pissed in greece is also a good idea...... greece DOES however have voluntary stuff - where you pay to vcolunteer - that you can do.
This is where the money comes in a lot of the time. 99% of the places to LET YOU HELP THEM,WANT MONEY. I think its a piss take tbh, but it is what it is. Some places can be 2/3 thousand for a week up to 3 months.

Next tip - specialise early and focus there.

ERM............this post is PROPERLY haphazrd, but it is what it is.
I know 2 other marine biologists through sophie, and they love it, though even one of them is only an employee at sealife...........the other is a PhD and runs a something or pother in madagascar...........shes a richy btw..... spent over 30 k getting the experience she needed. (like$50k) and this is after pricey uni costs.

BASICALLY, its a hard place to be successful as the competition is intense. Looking into it properly now at your tender age ;-) will help though as you can prepare early.
I dont mean to put a downer on it...........but if you go through life thinking you'll stroll through, then you'll be disappointed.
To be a success here, you need to REALLY work hard. And for free :-)

fish monger 01-26-2013 01:46 PM

Keep your dream, Poortea.


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