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What I'm doing in Marine Ecology

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Ryan Jenkinson's Sea Grant Trainee research.
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Henry Jones (4 months ago)
So I just found this video. I know nothing about ecology or biology, but Marine or Aquatic Ecology seems really cool to me. I'm currently going to school in Michigan as an English major. How can I find out if I like this sort of thing before switching my major and transferring to a school by the ocean? Thanks!
Henry Jones (4 months ago)
+Lucia O.G. I'll try to find something in my area then. Thank you very much.
Lucia O.G. (4 months ago)
I would try taking any sort of internship maybe for school credit or for the summer having to do with the lake or riverine species so you can start to learn more about biology animals and fieldwork :)
Kate Cogley (1 year ago)
Hi, I am really interested in being a Marine Ecologist, I am currently studying my A Levels and was wondering what your progression strategy was e.g. what university course would be best (would you say that a course in Marine Biology would be the most suitable?)
Kate Cogley (1 year ago)
Lucia O.G. Thankyou, I really appreciate you taking the time to reply and provide me with this information, it's very helpful, many thanks.
Lucia O.G. (1 year ago)
Reading your initial comment again Kate, I realize I've sort of been talking a lot about what comes after your education. In terms of finding a specialty, yes I would start with some more general marine bio classes (most ecology programs are also going to require some zoology or general bio also) and from there you'll start to find an emphasis on what you love - maybe it will hinge on a certain ocean system (the pacific, the atlantic...) or a species you feel passionately about. But once you start college just do lots of internships and keep good relationships with your teachers and you should have plenty of resources for a great career as a marine ecologist. Also, don't feel pinned to "marine ecology" as your only option, you might find out you actually have a passion for marine mammal work, or intense modeling systems, or maybe you won't be good or like any of it haha. And that's okay, you don't know until you try. Take care.
Kate Cogley (1 year ago)
Lucia O.G. This is really helpful, thankyou! :)
Lucia O.G. (1 year ago)
I would say a lot of the work, especially at first, would be contracted or research positions - these often last a few years at a time, and then you get hired onto another project. You can find federal jobs or within the private sector too, maybe more consistent long-term work would be a position doing impact assessments to determine areas fit for development or not, but then you start getting into questions of ethics and WHY you want to be a marine ecologist. I think there are jobs, and they pay average / based upon experience and what kind of degree you get (paid more always as a PhD). You have to have some luck to find the "perfect" job, but honestly trying a bunch of things out on shorter contracts is a great way to explore the field and add relevant work to your CV. Best of luck.
Kate Cogley (1 year ago)
Lucia O.G. Thankyou for replying, no I'm in the UK, but I've unfortunately only been able to find one degree in marine ecology. Would you say that it is a really competitive career; like is it difficult to get a job?
26Snoopy82 (5 years ago)
That sounds like an awesome research!

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