Marine Biologist

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Marine Biologists focus their research on the origin, function, structure and behaviour of all forms of life which exist in a marine environment - this includes the sea, rivers, lakes and all related ecosystems and their inhabitants. Of particular interest to Marine Biologists are the relationships that living organisms have with their environment and the factors which may affect these relationships. Many marine biologists work as part of a multi-disciplinary team but find an area of speciality based on a particular species, organism, behaviour or ecosystem. Work as a Marine Biologist usually involves both laboratory research and field work, though conservation groups, museums and aquariums employ marine biologists into a variety of roles from environmental policy analysis to education and teaching.

Marine Biologists across these fields may be involved in:

  • The design and completion of environmental impact assessments
  • Provision of recommendations and information in regards to marine conservation and harvesting policy
  • The development of programs for the monitoring and conservation of marine life
  • Observation, assessment and classification of the features of marine communities and individual species

Gaining work in the marine biology industry is thought to be competitive, with the study of marine mammals and their population characteristics, bioacoustics and vocalizations extremely popular research areas. Marine biologists require good analytical and problem solving skills, a passion for their area of study and good communication and reporting skills with which to convey their research.