Re: careers in marine mammal scientist

From: Cathy Schaeff (
Date: Mon Apr 30 2001 - 09:30:28 EDT


Most of the questions you listed can be answered by looking at, the web site for the Society of
Marine Mammalogy. I have inserted specific info below as well.

-----Original Message-----
From: Beverly Wyatt <>
To: Cathy Schaeff <>
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2001 5:53 PM
Subject: Re: careers in marine mammal scientist

>Dear Ms. Schaeff,
>What is your special area? What animals do you work with? I am
>interested in the marine animal science area but that is probably a
>really big career area.

I work with whales and seals. I study genetics, behavior and ecology.

>What special skills do you use in your job?

I use molecular DNA methods combined with behavioral and ecological data.

>What special tools and materials do you use? It depends on what techniques
I am using. Cross bows for collecting skin samples, PCR machines for DNA
work, etc.
>What is your normal day like?

Depends on whether it is during the school year or not -- when i am teaching
i split my day between student-related tasks, bureaucry and research. In
the summer it is straight research.
>Because I live in Iowa, I know I will have to go to college somewhere on
>one of the coasts. Where did you go to college? What degrees do you
>have? My information says that a PhD or atl least a graduate degree is

check the web site.

>Thank you for answering my questions.

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