Are you looking for an exciting new career in marine biology? If you love the ocean, and the incredible diversity of undersea life then inhabits it, then you might have a future as a marine biologist.
But what does a marine biologist do, exactly? This is one of those career fields that has a multitude of sub-specialties, and so it’s really hard to narrow it down into one discipline of oceanography.
For example, people who specialize in physical oceanography, geological oceanography, or who train whales and dolphins, are all considered marine biologists.
One way to define marine biologists is by saying that they work in some way to observe, study, research and protect a wide range of marine organisms, both animals and plants (and microbial life as well).
If you’re interested in the large and diverse field of marine biology, you might begin by choosing a particular speciality right from the start. A marine biologist can specialize in a particular species of plant or animal - marine mammals, for example – or entire ecosystems like reefs. You could specialize in organisms or behaviors. Or you could really narrow it down and specialize in something like one species of shellfish that’s native to a particular region.
Marine biology is as diverse as the oceans themselves
The oceans and marine life are a vast natural resource, covering over 70% of the Earth’s surface, and it’s been said that we understand more about what goes on in outer space than we do about what happens beneath the surface of the oceans. The oceans not only provide food for a large part of the world’s population, but also a host of different medicines, important raw materials, and is a vibrant playground for divers, surfers, boaters and recreational fisherman.
And the field of marine biology is just as diverse and interesting as the oceans themselves. At its core, marine biology is simply the study of the animals, plants and other organisms that inhabit the oceans. This is different from the field of marine ecology, in that marine ecology is the study of the ways that marine organisms interact with one another in their environment, whereas biology is the scientific study of the organisms themselves.
Marine biology is different from the field of marine ecology in that marine ecology has more to do with how marine organisms interact with the environment, and each other. Marine biology, on the other hand, is more focused on the study of the organisms themselves, independent of their environment. This is another example of how specialized marine biology careers can cover a fairly large field.
Another area of specialization is in the rapidly emerging field of marine biotechnology. This line of research shows a lot of promise, and has a wide-range of possible applications. The US Defense Department does a lot of research in marine biotechnology, especially in the area of special coatings that can be applied to the hulls of ships to prevent the growth of barnacles and other organisms. There are also many possibilities in the biomedical field, where new drugs are being tested and developed.
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