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    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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    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…

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    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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    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…

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    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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    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.…

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    Aquariums and Zoos,  Careers,  Conservation,  How-To's,  Marine Bio News

    How to Support California Aquariums in the COVID-19 Era

    Rich with biodiversity and community outreach, aquariums offer glimpses into our ocean world. However, after a year of government-mandated shutdowns, aquariums in California are experiencing severe financial challenges. Since March 2020, numerous aquariums have remained shuttered, while others have sporadically opened and closed. For those aquariums that have been able to open, they still face barriers, such as capacity restrictions. As lockdowns continue to impact California, it is essential to show support for these aquariums and their marine conservation efforts. To learn how you can help aquariums in California, explore the following links and information. Aquarium of the Bay | San Francisco, CA Perched atop PIER 39, the Aquarium of…

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    5 Foolproof College Tips to Save Money and the Ocean

    Let’s face it: college is expensive, and if you’re trying to save money, it can get challenging at times. As you navigate your degree in marine biology, the cost of books, housing, food, and classes can mount. Therefore, maximizing your budget and time is vitally important. To ensure you’re keeping a good eye on your financial health, give these 5 tips a try, and save money today. 1. Master the art of budgeting. At the heart of every money-saving story is a budget. Perhaps, you’ve dabbled in building a budget before, or, maybe, it’s a mysterious and foreign concept. Regardless, budgeting can be one of the most powerful tools to…