- 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