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Typical Day as a Marine Biologist

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Molly Green

on 18 March 2014

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A Day as a Marine Biologist
The great thing about a career in biology is how varied the work is. Due to the variety, there really isn't a "typical" day for a Marine Biologist. The specific subject areas that marine biologists can focus on are almost limitless. Some might research the migration of ocean seals, while others might investigate the interaction between sea anemones and coral in a certain area.
A day can range from hours of diving on beautiful reefs; sampling the ocean from boats and ships; working up samples in the laboratory; figuring out the results on computers or writing up the findings for publication. You could even be teaching undergraduate students or guiding postgraduate students into the realm of discovery research.
You could start out your day, at maybe 9:00 - 9:30 am, by preparing equipment; organizing other scientists and students; walking from the field station to the beach; putting on scuba gear; assigning tasks, etc.
Around about 9:30 or so, you would begin collecting animal samples underwater (could be fish, crabs, clams, mussels, aphids, etc.). A break would be given at 10:30 and gathering samples would continue around 11:00.
And then, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: organizing samples; walking back to the field station; placing samples in tanks; eating lunch with other scientists.
After this, you would be doing a data analysis on the computer and setting up a lab experiment.
You would finish your day, at maybe 5:00 - 9:00 pm, by monitoring the results of a feeding experiment from the previous day; working on the computer some more; and writing a research paper.
Most marine biologists work regular hours in a laboratory, nine to 10 hours a day, 40 to 50 hours a week. They use electron microscopes, computers and other specialized equipment to study specimens. Many marine biologists also do fieldwork. This can require traveling to remote (and sometimes exciting) locations, and often demands physical stamina.
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