Hi... um, you don't seem to have a name, which is quite sad. Guess your
parents didn't give you one. Oh well, I'll call you Betsy.
You're not bothering me; I'm happy to answer your questions. Let's see,
what did you ask?
> Do u have to have and special resposibilties?
Well, depends on what you mean by "special". I run a program of research
on big whales, which is quite a responsibility. I have to figure out what
to study, direct people to do that, and then write it all up so that other
scientists can use the information. And I'm also involved in helping
people figure out how best to save whales.
> How does you job benefit the ecosystem or mankind?
Well, I hope it nenefits the marine ecosystem. We're trying to stop some
species from becoming extinct, notably right whales which are very rare.
There are only around 300 left and they keep getting tangled in fishing
gear or hit by ships, so we try to figure out ways to fix these problems.
But no, I don't do anything much to help mankind.
>Describe the duties for a typical day for u.
Get up, shower, get dressed, walk the dogs, have breakfast, go to work.
Attend meetings, write emails, give advice, maybe do some analysis of
scientific data and write papers... or sometimes I'm in the field where
I... get up, shower, get dressed, don't walk any dogs (none on boats),
look for whales, find whales, photograph whales, observe whales, sometimes
take tiny skin samples from whales for genetic analysis, eat, sleep etc
The field part with the whales is much more interetsing than the office part!
-- 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) 495-2066
> Hi, > I'm sorry to bother but I saw this website and had to go to it. In > my 7th > grade class I'm writing a report about a marine scientist. I have some > questions for you. Do u have to have and special resposibilties?How does > you job benefit the ecosystem or mankind? Describe the duties for a > typical day for u. I hope you have time to answer these questions. > Thank you
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