• sea turtle
    Conservation,  Learning Resources,  Volunteering

    Splashing Into the Science of Sea Turtle Conservation

    6:00 PM — finally. Time to wake up. Headlamp. Check. Waterproof shoes. Check. Field journal. Let’s go. Meeting at the field station, we huddle under the overhang with our trusty stray dog sidekicks. Rocky, a charismatic mutt, greets us, tail wagging, excited for a long night at the beach. After swatting away what seems like a million mosquitos, we grab our gear and head to the beach. As the lightning strikes light the sky and illuminate our path, we make our way through overgrown grass and scattered driftwood. Amidst the stark juxtaposition of crashing waves and soft drizzling rain, a round and glistening mass of light emerges from the water,…

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    Aquariums and Zoos,  Careers,  How-To's,  Learning Resources

    Aquarium-Keeping: Diving Into the Science and Art

    Aquariums are windows into a whole new world—one full of water and opportunity. Some people like to build fortresses and cities in the popular videogame Minecraft, while others like to build real-life worlds. No matter how daunting aquarium building may seem, it’s a hobby with a niche for everyone. With just a basic understanding of biology and a splash of creativity, you too can delve into the world of aquarium-keeping. At its core, being an aquarist means understanding the nitrogen cycle and basic fish behavior. However, you may be wondering, what, in fact, is the nitrogen cycle? Cycle of Life Well, the nitrogen cycle is just a fancy way of…

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    College,  Education,  Learning Resources,  Volunteering

    5 Productive Activities For Aspiring Marine Biologists This Summer

    Summer is a time to kick back and relax, relish the good weather, and get caught up on those nitpicking tasks you’ve pushed off all year long. However, it’s also an opportune time to get ahead as a student. Whether that be taking summer classes or starting a summer internship, you now have some time to focus on some career-making moves. To excel in your career while also enhancing your marine biology knowledge and summer experience, consider these 5 summer activities. 1. Catch Up On the Documentaries You’ve Been Meaning to Watch No matter where you turn, it seems like everyone is talking about that one documentary with the octopus.…

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    College,  Education

    7 College Classes to Jumpstart a Monumental Marine Biology Career

    Between the random runs for ice cream at 2 in the morning and hanging out with your new dorm friends, college is first and foremost about taking college classes. Thankfully, in marine biology, you have the privilege of taking some of the coolest classes out there (of course, alongside the obligatory, dreaded weed out classes). To start your career off on the right foot, it’s vitally important to choose these classes strategically. For instance, if you envision working with marine mammals, it would be helpful to take classes related to marine mammal biology. Or, if plankton interests you, consider taking classes in microbiology or oceanography. Perhaps, you’re not totally sure…

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    Education,  Learning Resources

    Overfishing: Facts You Ought to Know and How to Help

    Amidst the environmental challenges in our ocean today, overfishing poses a major problem to the integrity of our ecosystems and economies. When fish stocks decline, we all suffer. For people across the globe, fishing is not only essential for food, but it is also essential for income. When fisheries are in peril, the livelihoods of entire communities and the fishermen providing for these communities are at risk. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the consequences of overfishing and advocate for sustainable practices. To learn more about the causes of overfishing and solutions for ending overfishing, read this beginner’s guide. Overfishing Causes According to the World Wildlife Fund, overfishing occurs when…

  • resume
    Careers,  How-To's

    How to Write a Game-Changing Resume Step By Step

    Once the school year winds down, the focus soon turns from studying for finals to crafting the perfect resume and landing a summer job. As a marine biology student, there are a number of different jobs and internships that will help you build your career. Whether it be interning at an aquarium or performing research, you can navigate a myriad of options and gain experience along the way. While preparing for your job search, start off on the right foot with a stellar resume. The following tips will guide you through writing a strong resume and securing your dream job. 1. Make a statement with your resume headline. Right below…

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    Education,  Learning Resources

    Coral Bleaching: The Basics You Need to Know

    Returning to your favorite snorkel spot, you stumble upon decaying white coral—a devastating result of coral bleaching. What used to be a radiant reef full of colorful coral and fish is now washed out, depleted, and lonely. No fish in sight anymore. But, what exactly is coral bleaching? And, what causes it? Most importantly, how can we prevent this from happening? For many, corals are one of the most awe-inspiring and majestic aspects of the ocean. When I was younger, snorkeling along the coral reefs in Hawai’i greatly impacted my decision to be a marine biologist. Full of life, coral reefs teem with biodiversity, beauty, and fascinating discoveries. To learn…

  • aquarium volunteering
    Aquariums and Zoos,  Careers,  Conservation,  Volunteering

    5 Reasons Aquarium Volunteering Will Make You a Better Marine Biologist

    Dedicating your time to aquarium volunteering is not only good for your community, but it is also good for you and your journey in marine biology. Whether you’re a student or working professional, volunteering at your local aquarium can broaden your perspectives and complement your marine biology career. As a volunteer at the Birch Aquarium for over two years, I have strengthened my skills in marine biology, networking, and science communication. Furthermore, I’ve gained valuable working knowledge volunteering at special events, whale watching trips, and tide pool excursions. To explore how volunteering may transform your life and career, read through this list of key aquarium volunteering benefits. 1. Aquarium volunteering…

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    College,  Education

    10 Practical Reasons You Should Join a Marine Biology Club

    Just as you’re running late to your next class, someone passes you a marine biology club flyer. Instead of slipping it in your pocket, as you did with the hundreds of the other flyers thrown your way, you give it a second glance. Perhaps, this club is the one. For many students, clubs are the heart of college. With clubs, you can make new connections and build a community of people with similar interests. In my experience, joining a marine biology club opened me up to far more opportunities and friendships than simply sitting in class. Just going along with the everyday academic routine in college is not enough; it’s…

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    Education,  Learning Resources

    A Beginner’s Guide to the Plastic Pollution Plaguing Our Oceans

    Across all corners of the world, plastic pollution plagues streams, rivers, and oceans. In many ways, it’s simply because everything’s connected. For instance, one piece of trash, no matter the size, can embark on a road trip from one side of the Earth to the other using waterways. Strolling along the beach, you may find a brightly-colored shell—only to realize that it’s, in fact, a long-lost plastic bottle cap. Here lies a mere symptom of the ocean plastic crisis; this is only the surface of a much bigger problem. To truly grapple with ocean plastic pollution, you’ll have to dive deeper, maybe even to the abyssal depths of the ocean.…