Crest Middle School Shout-Outs: Answers to Student Questions

  1. Are all the scientists on the ship marine biologists?

All of the scientists participating in this cruise are marine biologist, but each person has   different backgrounds and research interests.  The scientists have studied marine biology, oceanography, zoology, ecology, genetics, modeling ocean habitats, and taxonomy. All have extensive experience working in the marine environment.


     2.    How many years does it take to be a marine biologist?

It takes many years of schooling to become a “marine biologist,” especially one that conducts and maintains an active research program. At a minimum you would need a Master’s degree, but in most cases, a Ph.D. is required.  You can earn your undergraduate degree (bachelor of science) in four years; a Master’s degree in two or three more years; followed by three to five additional years to earn a Ph.D.  Many new Ph.D.s gain additional training through post-doctoral fellowships before entering the job market.


3. How many scientists are on the ship?

There are 11 members of the “Science Crew.”

–          Dr. Martha Nizinski, Chief Scientist from NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

–          Dr. Elizabeth Shea, Delaware Museum of Natural History

–          Dr. Brian Kinlan, NOAA Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment

–          Dr. Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

–          David Packer, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

–          Taylor Heyl, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

–          Taylor Sehein, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

–          Erich Horgan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

–          Ben Pietro, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

–          Erick Estela-Gomez, NOAA Corps officer

–          Beverly Owens, Teacher at Sea


2 thoughts on “Crest Middle School Shout-Outs: Answers to Student Questions

  1. Thank you for answering two of my questions Mrs. Owens! I’m enjoying keeping up wih your blog! Love, Sarah Thomas (aka future marine biologist)

    • Sarah – It’s so great to hear from you! Please feel free to post any additional questions you might have, as we would love to answer them for you. During the trip, I have heard about certain research expeditions that study specifically sea turtles, or only whales. Something for you to look into!
      Love, Mrs. Owens

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