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First Steps to becoming a Marine Biologist

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I am currently a student at the University of Hull, just got accepted, and I just went on to do my first year of Marine and Freshwater biology. I recommend going into this subject because there are so many various routes of which can be taken, career wise, from this course. I, for instance, am going to go on to doing freelance Marine Biology and specialize in Marine Mega-fauna e.g. whales, sharks, dolphins, sea turtles etc. Basically, any large marine creatures of interest.

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The course consists of three years. This is how it is broken down:

First year:

You will learn:

 

-Diversity of life

-Get an introduction into genetics

-Learn molecular and cell biology

-Are provided field and laboratory skills for those Aquatic Biologist out there

-Ecology and Evolution

Then you get to choose one free elective e.g. chemistry of life, biology book club, Dive training etc…

 

I personally have chosen my free elective to be dive training as it will be beneficial towards my course.

 

Second year:

You will learn:

 

-Professional and research skills for MFW Biologists

-Marine Biology and Biotechnology

-Evolutionary Ecology and the Physiology of Animals

-Molecular Biology of the cell

-Freshwater Biology

-Behavioural Ecology

-Fish Ecology

-Conservation

-Evolution

and obviously one free elective

 

Third year:

This is the year when you get the chance to do your own research project or biology work placement.

You will cover all of the following before you choose what research project you wish to do and how you’re going to do it:

-The sensory physiology of animals

-Marine structure and functioning

-Behavioural ecology and functioning

-Fisheries resource management

-Current biology

-Reviews within biological sciences

-Concepts within ecology

-Freshwater ecology/management

-Marine ecomechanics

-Topics in Biodiversity and evolution

-Field studies

-Environment and society

and your one free elective

 

This course is brilliant for those interested in going into something Marine based.

 

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Also, don’t get me started on all the places you will get to travel to. You can take field trips with your course group to places such as:

-Portugal

-Millport

-Tobago

-Brazil

-Cuba

-Mallorca

-Indonesia

-Arran

 

Just remember your passport, inoculations before you go and lots and lots of bug spray.

So if anyone is interested in Marine Biology or anything similar to that; Hull University is the place to go. It is a beautiful place and you feel so at home when you are there, that you will never want to leave.

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I recommend going there, it’s a brilliant place to get a brilliant degree!

Katherine is currently a student at the university of Hull in her first year of studying Marine and Freshwater Biology. She hopes to become a Freelance Marine Biologist specializing in the cetaceans of the sea.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Paul Rose

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Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Paul Rose. A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers, field science and polar experts, Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

He is an experienced television presenter and radio broadcaster. With a proven track record in business engagements, Paul is a sought-after speaker, chairman, host and moderator for industry, government and NGO events.

Former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society(link is external) and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.

He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he received the US Polar Medal.

Paul is a mountain and polar guide leading Greenland Icecap crossing and mountaineering expeditions and polar science support logistics. He worked for four years as a Mountain Safety consultant to the oil industry in the Middle East.

On his 2012 Greenland expedition, Paul led the first expedition to successfully traverse a new 275km icecap route of Knud Rasmussen Land and repeated his first ascent of the north face of Gunnsbjørnfjeld, the highest mountain in the Arctic.

His professional diving work includes science support diving in Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey’s Institute Diving Officer. He ran the US Navy diver training programme at Great Lakes Naval Training Centre and trained many emergency response dive teams including the Police, Fire Department and Underwater Recovery Teams. He remains a current and active PADI Dive Instructor.

Find out more about Paul Rose at www.paulrose.org


Find more podcast episodes and information at www.thebigscuba.com and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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How can we do what you do at Blue Planet?

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We at Blue Planet Aquarium usually get asked how people can do what we do; this question usually comes from young adults and children who are dreaming of careers in Marine Biology or Diving, and we make sure to help along the way as much as we can.

If you ask anyone in the industry how they got to where they are, you will always hear a different story, you will hear similarities but there will always be something different. Thus, I would always suggest for people to carve their own path in the industry, and of course this industry is huge with many different areas and avenues for you to go down, which is also what makes the industry so amazing, it allows everyone to have a speciality and to be able to do their part for the single goal of preserving our natural world.

Working as a Diver at Blue Planet is amazing for anyone who wants to make a career in the industry, for several reasons, it is good as it helps you gain diving experience both with animals and teaching students. It gives you chance to practice diving skills in what could be considered difficult diving due to the tasks we have to carry out, and it also allows you to learn about HSE regulations and laws which also helps makes you safe and aware.

Here at Blue Planet, we have people spanning a multitude of different careers, from Marine Biology, Military Diving, Photography and Dive Guiding, it is this that makes the team so amazing as we have a go to person for everything.

The best advice I can give to anyone who wanted to work on the dive team or in an aquarium, would be to have a decent amount of diving experience and be able to demonstrate good diving knowledge, along with being respectful to the environment and animals and being able to work well in a team. It is also helpful to be outgoing and confident as although we work behind the scenes, we are still in the view of guests when we do our feeds or public dives.

For more information about Blue Planet Aquarium please visit their website by clicking here.

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