Career Report

From: Phil Clapham (
Date: Tue Jan 16 2001 - 16:17:59 EST


> 1. Can I please have your name, place of employment, and how many years you have been employed.
Phil Clapham, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
Been here for three years.
> 2. Did you have to relocate or change jobs at all to have your current position?
Yes; was previously at the Smothsonian Institution in Washington DC.
> 3. What education is required for the position? And which college did you attend?
PhD in biology. University of Aberdeen (Scotland).
> 4. How much did your education cost you?
I don't recall, but it was probably cheaper in Scotland than it would
have been here. Somewhere in the $10,000+ range, I would guess.

> 5. What are your job resposibilities?
I oversee research on large whales, notably as it relates to management
problems faced by the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service. I direct
research, fund research by other institutions, conduct field work and
analyses of data, and write scientific papers, as well as making
science-based recommendations to the management side of the agency.
> 6. Do you feel that this career is financially rewarding?
Yes now (I've been in the field 20 years), but it wasn't for a very long
time. People in this field do it because they love the work, not to
make money.

> 7. Do you recieve any additional bonuses where you are employed?

> 8. What do you feel are the benefits and weaknesses of your career choice?
Weaknesses are that - for people beginning in the marine mammal field -
there is much competition for few jobs, and the pay is not good until
you're established in the field (and even then not so good for many
people). Benefits: fascinating work, constantly intellectually
challenging, and working with some terrific animals in wonderful

> 9. Would you recommend a young person to pursue this career choice?
Absolutely. if they have an interest and a passion for the work and
what it involves, they should do it even though it's hard to persevere
and they wont make much money at it for a long time. If I had to go
back 20 years and pick a career all over again, I'd still pick this one.

> 10. Do you have a personal resume I could include in my report? (this is optional)
Will send separately.
> 11. Finally, my teacher will be getting in contact with the person that the students interviewed, so is there a telephone number you would be able to include?
Listed below.

Hope this helps!

Phil Clapham


Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

tel (508) 495-2316 fax (508) 495-2258 Internet:

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