Subject: Re: Career in Marine Mammology Questions

Kim Marshall (
Sun, 16 May 1999 10:18:07 -0400 (EDT)

You are very welcome!!!

Thank you so very much, Kim!  This is perfect for my assignment.
>I really appreciate your taking the time to answer the questions;  I know you
>probably have plenty of other work to do.
>Thanks again!
>--Kristi Simpson
>Clemson University
>In a message dated 5/14/99 9:44:48 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
><< Questions and Replies:
> >#1  How did you become attracted to the field of marine mammology?
> I was a victim of the flipper era.  When I was about 6 I saw photos of
> dolphins and of course the famous show and I was hooked.  I spent the rest
> of my time learning about whales and volunteering where ever I could.  I
> took any and all courses related to cetaceans and oceans, including a week
> long hands-on course at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, FL.  I
> find marine mammals, especially whales, are fascinating, intelligent,
> gentle creatures that really don't know a lot about.
> >#2  What education path did you follow to reach your current position?
> My current position at the Whale Conservation Institute is Education
> Director.  I am a biologist and I graduated from Regis college in 1997.  I
> will continue on to complete a masters degree at some point in the future.
> To work for a non-profit organization which most marine mammal related
> careers are, you must be willing to work very hard, long hours doing things
> like fundraising and grant writing in addition to research.  I suggest
> having a scientific background with a bit of business knowledge to make the
> necessary mundane work easier.
> >#3  What do your current daily duties involve?
> When I am working in the field with whales we get up early and spend all
> daylight hours collecting data and then at night we analyse our data.
> Field work take up about 1/4 of my job, mostly I am at a desk organizing
> research expeditions, fundraising, writing reports, developing education
> programs out of our findings, and helping to write scientific papers and
> books about our findings.  You can see what we study on our website.
> >#4  What salary range might a recent graduate expect with a B.S.?  A
> The mid range for my type of job is between $23 and $33,000 per year. Not
> that much but the work is very rewarding.
> >#5   Are you happy with your career?  --Would you change anything about it?
> I love knowing that I am helping whales and helping to teach people about
> whales but if I could make changes I would want to get paid more money so
> me change would have to be convincing more people to want to fund whale
> research organizations!>
> I hope this is of help to you! Kim
>  >>

Kim Marshall-Tilas
Whale Conservation Institute/Ocean Alliance
191 Weston Road
Lincoln, MA  01773
(781) 259-0423
fax: 259-0288