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Marine Biologist #1210

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Marine Biologist #1210

A visit to the ocean in ninth grade sparked this marine biologist’s interest in the career. The creatures that lived along the shore fascinated her. From then on, she wanted to become a marine biologist, but her high school counselor channeled her towards teaching. She went to college to be a teacher, where she again expressed an interest in marine biology to her college counselor. He encouraged her to pursue this interest, so she earned a double major in education and marine biology. She then earned two masters and a doctorate in marine biology. She has traveled all over the world to obtain these advanced degrees. Her specialty is Caribbean reef fish.

Why is this so important to her? She says, three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water and 90 per cent of all life lives in the water. More impressive and important than both of those statistics, is the fact that humans interfacing in this sensitive ecosystem directly or indirectly impact 95 per cent of all marine life.

Today, this marine biologist teaches her love of the ocean to high school students in Iowa. She says it is exciting because some of her students have never been to the ocean. She hopes to expose her students to different forms of ocean life, teach them to be sensitive to various ecosystems and give them some skills in marine biology.

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