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  1. Hi everyone! This is my first time looking for help here, so thank you in advance! I hope applications are going well for everyone who is busy with them at the moment My question is this: how important is a marine-specific degree when applying to marine focused PhD programs/jobs? And related: how common/difficult is it to switch from a marine-specific master's program to a terrestrial-focused PhD program/job? I am currently in the final year of an undergraduate program in ecology and nature conservation (EU university), and I am applying to master's degrees. I have been focusing more on evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology in the past year. I would love to research adaptability and vulnerability of species to environmental change, but I am not sure what the right path is. Marine biology has slowly become somewhat of a fascination, but it is not the only thing that interests me and I am not entirely sure the fascination will last. Any advice would be very much appreciated!
  2. Hey guyssNext year i'm going to uni and i'm actually deciding whether to pursue marine biology as career or not. I'd like to ask you guys, if i manage to get a good cv and a phd, how many opportunities will be out there to get a job? I've always been fascinated by china, then let's assume i would like to get a job as a marine biologist in a chinese university with a good cv but zero knowledge of chinese, how probable would it be to find that job ? So, is it possible for a marine biologist to switch country by choice(with only english knowledge), or the high competitivity makes that impossible?Thx youuu
  3. warning: probable rant ahead. I'm frustrated, I really am. Marine science is my life, it is my passion and I fully intended to dedicate my entire life to it. However, my passion is currently flipping me off. A bit of background, I have a BA in Biology, MS in Oceanography from TAMU, excellent formal and informal teaching experience, and 5 (count them) internships in research, conservation, and education. I spent a good portion of last year forging relationships so I could apply for multiple PhD programs, was told that with my experience and MS I was an ideal student. Rejected by all. Decided to forgo getting a PhD at the moment because I was looking for a longer term involvement in something (and I'd have to wait another year in order to apply for and start a PhD) and have applied to everything in marine research, education, and policy all over the country and even internationally. When I ask those in similar fields what a person can do to prepare themselves for the types of jobs I am applying for, they say "graduate education (check) and internships (check)." For the benefit of the doubt, lets say that my 5 internships plus entirely self funded and designed Master's was not enough, how the HELL am I supposed to continue to do UNPAID internships for much longer? I'm at my wits end with everything. Every path I turn to is rejecting me. I consider myself a humble person but I will brag about my accomplishments just to get my point across that this process is killing my passion and my soul. I wish I was being dramatic. Don't get me wrong, I KNOW and fully accept that I have entered into a, what some would call, non-traditional career path and a difficult one at that. I have been told objectively from potential PhD advisors, hiring managers, collaborators that in many ways, I am an ideal applicant... so what am I doing wrong. Does anyone have ANY advice on getting through this on any level. i.e. how to deal with this emotionally, how to actually find a damn job, how to get a damn PhD. I'm willing to do anything at this point. /rant Apologies if this is not the correct type of post for this subject area. I just hope to connect to other people who have been through or are going through these same issues. Unfortunately, most of my friends are either successful or still in school.
  4. Hey guyssNext year i'm going to uni and i'm actually deciding whether to pursue marine biology as career or not. I'd like to ask you guys, if i manage to get a good cv and a phd, how many opportunities will be out there to get a job? I've always been fascinated by china, then let's assume i would like to get a job as a marine biologist in a chinese university with a good cv but zero knowledge of chinese, how probable would it be to find that job ? So, is it possible for a marine biologist to switch country by choice(with only english knowledge), or the high competitivity makes that impossible?Thx youuu
  5. Hello, I’m interested in earning a Bachelors and eventually a Masters in either Marine Biology or Oceanography. I’m Active Duty Military with around 22 months left on my contract. While I’m still in the Military, I would like to get ahead and knock out some online courses or even an online certificate. Right now I can only take online courses due to my work schedule, and because I’m stationed about two hours away from the ocean. I talked to my education center and I cannot use tuition assistance to cover a Bachelors Degree because I already have a Bachelors in Civil Engineering (I’m looking to branch away from Engineering and towards Oceanography or Marine Biology once I’m out), and they recommended I use tuition assistance for a certificate (up to 21 credits). They did not recommend using the GI Bill while Active Duty because then I wouldn’t receive the full benefits. Then once I’m out I would look at becoming a full time student on campus. All that to say, can anyone point me in the right direction? What certificate programs would be ideal for my situation, and are there any colleges I can apply to that offer online Oceanography or Marine Biology courses? I’m having trouble finding colleges that offer online Oceanography and Marine Biology courses (understandable, since those majors involve a lot of lab work). Would it be feasible for me to skip the Bachelors and just apply for a Masters in either, since I already have a Civil Engineering degree? Finally, what else can I do to set myself up for success for either career field? Any help would be appreciated!
  6. Hey all! I'm posting to see if there are any other people on this board who are going to attend a graduate program in Marine biology and related topics starting in the Fall of 2017. I got into a school that I was very interested in; I'm excited, and I wanted other people to talk with about the field/their schools! I'm also very nervous as I'm going from a chemistry background into a biology heavy program, and I hope I'll be able to keep up.
  7. I have applied to the marine biology Ph.D. program at UNC Chapel Hill and haven't heard anything back yet. The status on the website is "submitted". I guess at this point I should take it as a rejection. However, no one has posted anything related to admissions to this program in the 'result search'. Should I contact the program and ask them for an update?
  8. Hi all, this is my first post so I am hoping to get some good advice and realistic feedback. First off, I struggled through college (mostly in the beginning) thanks to some issues of severe depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, my GPA has suffered and although I managed good grades in the last two years, it averages out to a very underwhelming 2.99 (I also did a semester abroad, which with the pass/fail ranking did not help nudge my GPA up). *As a side note...does 2.99 round up to 3.0 or am I stuck at <3.0, which seems to be the cutoff for many schools even accepting applications* If I could do it all over again...I would. I would just go through and re-do my lowest grades...but of course, time is of the essence. Or is it? I have a deep passion for science, specifically marine biology (my UG major), as well as evolutionary biology (now there was a class where I got the top grade in the class, for once). Special interests for me are ornithology, fisheries, conservation...but really any field gets me going. I could not imagine doing anything other than biology...and so my dream is to continue in marine biology, or possible evo. bio. depending entirely on what school will accept me. Which brings me to my current dilemma...I have absolutely zero confidence that any reputable grad school will accept me, thanks to my GPA, which is nothing to speak of. However, I do consider myself an intelligent, intellectual person - I have been lucky to travel to many different countries over the course of my life, as well as speak a second language fluently. I keep my sights on the important things and issues in life, and I dream about becoming a fully accredited marine biologist/zoologist/evo biologist somewhere down the road (hopefully sooner rather than later). My boyfriend is someone who after serving in the military for 9 years, is just applying to undergrad programs in California. He has excellent chances of getting in where ever he wants - UCSB, UCSC, or UCSD are at the top of his lists (as well as mine in regards to grad school). I want to move out to CA with him and hopefully enter the same school he is at (or get another field job in the area). To make a long story short, here's my question: What are my chances of getting in to the aforementioned schools in the fields I dream about? If they are meager, what do I need to do to increase my appeal? My initial (new) GRE score is 314. I excelled at verbal but ran out of time on both quantitative sections, and will be retaking it soon... Thanks for reading my long post, and taking the time to answer! It is much appreciated!!! P.S. As for field work experience, I have a good amount: Colorado, North Carolina, as well as Antarctica. Currently am working for the state's Division of Marine Fisheries as an observer. *Incidentally, does anyone know how much experience as a fisheries observer is worth towards grad school? I couldn't find any info on that before I accepted...*
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