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career in cephalapods?

brett

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i am 17 and looking at colleges and I am really interested in the ocean and am an avid scuba diver but i was wondering if you guys know of really good marine biology schools or careers that invlove cephalapods or marine life for that matter. I know it is broad but any personal experience would help steer me. thank you
 

TPOTH

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Good luck! (yes i really mean it)

I believe there are quite a few good places to go to for aquatic/marine biology studies in the States, plugging some keywords into Google should net (pun!) you quite a few good adresses until somebody gives u more info here :wink:

I have however seen a lot of "avid divers" being disenchanted with research in marine biology because they did think they'd go diving everyday around some tropical island... Although that can happen (sweet memories of Indonesia) most of yr time is spent in a lab/office (they don't even let me out when nature calls... although they did crank the window open a bit)... on the same rather somber note... don't expect a 9-5 job with lots of cash either :wink:

If you can read all the above and not flinch then do go ahead and apply for the top US marine places :wink: Good luck!

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brett

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ah poop, then waht should i do? i need a solid amount of money and an exciting job. i dont want to be behind a desk ya know?
 
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Come to the UK.

We have some of the best Marine Biology degrees in the world, and if you dive over here you'll love diving anywhere else you can... whether it's tropical or not it cannot be this cold!

I went to University of Hull www.hull.ac.uk in their campus in Scarborough and will happily give you any help that you need to get anywhere over here!

~Andy
 

TPOTH

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Andy Lister said:
Come to the UK.
mmmm... been there, done that... not dishing the teaching at all. Having done both BSc and Msc in merry old England, i had a total blast but afterwards :roll: NERC funding...well... a fees-only clause if you're international (or maybe just French... cuz u brits hate us frogs... :cry: ) does suck. If you have to get a(nother) job to pay for yr living expenses (rent/food/drinks/etc...) well yr PhD is going to take forever as you won't be able to put 100% in the project (which is what's required at that stage :wink:... ask Master O :oshea: ) and yr funding will probably run out before u finish... :evil:

ok, ok, grim picture :lol: .... if you can secure funding (i.e. you're not French) then yeah, by all means, Go for it!

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Working in the animal trades rarely pays well, and it isn't usually exciting...but if you are passionate about something, it doesn't matter.
I guess I am lucky, in that being an artist, we are expected to suffer from bad wages for years and years...(paying your dues, it is called) I am sure that Dr. SOS had a number of nasty years prior to the fun filled times he is having now, what with all of the socialization and carrying-on he is up too...
 
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Research and teaching seem to go together, with a livable but not luxurious salary after years as a starving student.

Colin's kind of work may interest you more than Steve's - again, probably not megabucks, but often outdoors. Similar work near the shoreline might include dive instructors and the people who run boat excursions. I think the real money goes to the person who owns the business rather than the people manning the ship. Who maintains the Intercoastal Waterway and the marine parks?

Pirate sounds like more fun. :arr:

Melissa
 

Nancy

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There seem to be a lot of interesting jobs, but not everyone with a degree gets them. You could work with a public aquarium, for instance, and live in a nice city by the sea.

There are a lot of excellent academic programs in the US, too. We even have some students in these programs who are TONMO. com members. It seems to me that studying marine biology would be a lot of fun.

Nancy
 

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