Hi Shannon, > 1. How did you first get interested in marine biology? It started in college. I had this professor, who was also my advisor, who gave me lots of encouragement and direction as well as an appreciation for the ocean and all that lives within it. > 2. What education did you receive in this field, and where did you attend > college? Presently, I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Framingham State College. I started on a Masters in education but didn't finish...yet. > 3. What does a marine biologist do? Marine biologists are a group of people with a common thread: studing the ocean or its inhabitants. Some study whales, others study bacteria living in deep water thermal vents, and still others are veterinarians studing seals. So you see its quite a diverse bunch of folks. I personally study seals but I also assist the veterinarians in daily care of the colony and stranded animals. > 4. How long have you been working in this field? I ahve been at the aquarium for 11 years as paid staff and volunteered off and on for 3 years. > 5. What is your favorite part about this career? I learn something new everyday, and no two days are the same, its great! > 6. Does it require a lot of travel? If so, how expensive is it on average? Well, in my position, no. But many other biologist travel frequently. I'm not really sure. > 7. What is your favorite marine animal (just out of curiosity)? Seals, in particular, hooded seals. I hope I answered your questions, Good luck, Bob Cooper.