Subject: questions of marine biology

roman (jroman@GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU)
Sun, 25 Apr 1999 08:10:03 -0400

Hello. I was wondering a couple of things about what a Marine Biologist
actually does and if there was an interested party in this field of
work could get any work?? One more question, where is the best college
(in your opinion) to get a good start in this field?


Hi Becka:

Well, there aren't any companies knocking down to doors to hire marine
biologists these days, but there are plenty of aquariums and marine
researchers that need volunteers.  I started working with right whales by
volunteering at the office in the New England Aquarium, entering data and
organizing photos.  It wasn't glamorous, but it eventually got me out to
sea.

I'm not sure what the best college would be if you wanted to start a career
in marine biology, but quite a few of my friends went to the College of the
Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.  They got plenty of field experience and had
lots of fun in the process--not a bad combination.  But I'm sure many other
colleges have great programs.

All the best in your career,

Joe

Joseph Roman
University of Florida
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
PO Box 12253
Gainesville, FL 32604
(352) 379-8096
jroman@ufl.edu