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Hi there! I'm Emma, and I'm a cuttlefish nut. (Hi, Emma.) :wink:

I'm a geology major in Colorado, and in the accepted fashion of third-year geology majors, I'm now switching to marine biology. :smile: I'm going for the full run, all the way through PhD and into the academic abyss beyond. Is there anyone here I can speak to who has been through the swamps of academia and come out the other side with a doctorate in playing with cephalopods? I have a few questions before I make the leap.
 
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Oh wow, so the answer would be a definite "yes"! Wonderful.

I'm at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, mostly because it's a cheap place to get my undergraduate degree so I can then move on to bigger and better things. I spent 8 years out of school, deciding what I wanted to do, and then went back and pretty much immediately changed my mind. :biggrin2:
 

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:welcome:

I only did that in an alternate life, so I can't give real experiences...

The pros and cons on such career research things were being discussed on the yahoo ceph list recently, I think the plan is to put a page up on http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/ summarizing what was discussed but I don't see it in the "what's new" so I think it doesn't exist yet.
 

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:welcome: creatureteacher. I'm just finishing corrections to my PhD on squid and hope to graduate this Dec! plus of course there's the great Dr O and his pod of students.

good luck!!!!!

J
 
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Mesa's got mostly generalized programs. You really have to work to pick up the things you want to have. But that's okay, I don't mind being in school. I'm actually glad I waited so long before beginning my college career in earnest. Now I feel wise. ;D

Mostly I am interested in ceph ethology and ecology, with an eye toward conservation. (Living animals, in other words). I think the majority of people have no idea how interesting cephs are, and so they don't really think about behavior and conservation. My concern is that I'll figure out halfway through my MS that there's no funding in studying the living animals, and I'll be struggling the rest of my life to find money so I can eat. Does anyone know what sort of careers, other than academic, are out there for an octopus doctor who is interested in ethology? (Not that I have anything against academia, I just want to explore my options.)
 
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Jean;98012 said:
:welcome: creatureteacher. I'm just finishing corrections to my PhD on squid and hope to graduate this Dec! plus of course there's the great Dr O and his pod of students.

good luck!!!!!

J
Thanks so much! You know you're getting into a good field when it's full of friendly, happy people! :biggrin2: Congratulations on your impending doctorate escape!
 

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Welcome, oh fellow Cephologist ! Grand Junction...now that brings back some memories! Yipes (in a good way)

Glad you found us, be sure to hit up O'Shea for ideas!

Greg
 

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There is always aquaculture. You can raise them and sell them for money and write papers on the side, it would however be a significant investment and moving to California or Florida might be a good idea.
 

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