Subject: becoming a marine scientist

Mike Williamson (
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 2:32:05 GMT+1200

Hi Melissa, 

You asked what the hardest part was about becoming and being a marine scientist was. 
Well, I guess you have to be very dedicated, and resign yourself to working long hours
often for very little or no pay, and possibly in quite horrible conditions eg a small boat in the 
middle of nowhere, cold and it's starting to drizzle, not a whale in sight, and still a few hours
to go before you can call it a day, or alternatively, tedious months of working in a lab with 
samples obtained at much cost and effort, but which are failing in all your experiments which have 
have to repeat over and over and over again in the hope of getting some results, anything....
I personally have no problems with this (usually),but if you are looking for a c
areer that is going
 to earn you a good salary and a nice set of mod cons and comforts, consider being a doctor or
 lawyer or professional sportsperson instead.
However, if you want to spend your time doing something challenging, trying to discover
more about the world in which we live, help conserve endangered species and environments, 
and perhaps educate people about how they too can help stop the pollution and overharvesting 
which is threatening many parts of the marine ecosystem, and meet up with a whole heap of fantastic
people equally dedicated and excited about what they are doing, well this is the job for you.
If you're serious about wanting to be a marine scientist start checking out the programs available
at your local college now, and also check out the possibility of doing volunteer work to get 

Hope this answers your question


Ms. Merel Dalebout
Ecology & Evolution Research Group
Thomas Building, Level 1
School of Biological Sciences
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92-019
Wellesley Street
Auckland, N.Z.
Ph:09-373-7599 ext. 4588
Fax: 09-373-7417