86 episodes

So You Want to Be a Marine Biologist is your go-to resource if you've ever dreamed of exploring the ocean's depths, considered becoming a marine biologist, or want to learn more how to protect the world's oceans. This podcast dives into ocean science, conservation, sea stories, and explores ocean careers. Bring out your inner Jacques Cousteau, and discover the world beneath the waves.

So You Want to Be a Marine Biologist K. G. Muzia

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 114 Ratings

So You Want to Be a Marine Biologist is your go-to resource if you've ever dreamed of exploring the ocean's depths, considered becoming a marine biologist, or want to learn more how to protect the world's oceans. This podcast dives into ocean science, conservation, sea stories, and explores ocean careers. Bring out your inner Jacques Cousteau, and discover the world beneath the waves.

    86. Calum Maclean: Scotland, the Right to Roam, Outdoor Swimming

    86. Calum Maclean: Scotland, the Right to Roam, Outdoor Swimming

    Film-maker, broadcaster, photographer, and outdoor swimmer Calum Maclean joins us on the podcast today. Calum is a host on the BBC Social, and has his own wildly popular YouTube, Instagram, and now TikTok channels. His new book, “1001 Outdoor Swimming Tips” is written to get people out in and excited about being submerged in nature. Today’s episode is a fun one chatting about all things swimming outside- in both the ocean and freshwater bodies. Calum shares insights into what it’s like outdoor swimming, and why you should get started today. He also shares some of the best adventure stories, including his field story at the end, so stay tuned for that.

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    85. Danél Wentzel: Kelp Forests, Freelance Marine Biology, Capensis, and Shark Encounters

    85. Danél Wentzel: Kelp Forests, Freelance Marine Biology, Capensis, and Shark Encounters

    Entrepreneur, marine biologist, educator, and dive instructor, Danél Wentzel joins us on the show. Danél shares her journey from landlocked farmland in rural South Africa to becoming an instructor with over 600 dives under her belt, four minute breath holds, and her own show and company. As a self proclaimed “freelance marine biologist” Danél has some incredible stories and experiences to share, including surviving a shark attack (you’ll have to listen to the end for that one!)

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    84. Aislinn Olthoff: Sassy Sloths, Mugged by Whales, and Connecting with Nature

    84. Aislinn Olthoff: Sassy Sloths, Mugged by Whales, and Connecting with Nature

    Past SYWTBAMB intern Aislinn Olthoff joins us on the show today! Inspired by nature around her and Jane Goodall, Aislinn took a gap year after high school in order to figure out where her interests lie. A pivotal volunteer opportunity working with elephants in Asia firmly pointed her to her degree in Wildlife Conservation. Not one to sit idylly by, Aislinn did quite a bit of traveling and work during her undergrad, including to Costa Rica, Africa, and Paris. Then she decided to turn her focus below the surface of the waves, and discovered the SYWTBAMB podcast. This led her to an amazing position as a naturalist working in close proximity to humpback whales in Hawai’i. Aislinn has such a great story, and some really great insights into the conservation world and connecting with nature.

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    83. Constance Schéré: MPAs, Fake-out Seabirds, International Differences, and the Myth of Too Late

    83. Constance Schéré: MPAs, Fake-out Seabirds, International Differences, and the Myth of Too Late

    With an undergraduate, two masters under her belt, Constance Schéré is currently working on her PhD studying MPAs. In this super wide ranging episode we chat about how Constance went from a history degree to studying marine science and then conservation, how growing up next to a marine protected area influences her work now, and how she’s brought it full circle. We leap all over the pond, from Constance's native France to the US to Northern Ireland, and we also chat about the difference between the French, English, and American university systems (Constance has experienced all three), and when a university will actually kick you out.  Constance recently co-authored a publication with the British Ecological Society about 30 x 30, and she shares just what that means and how we’re looking. Constance shares three pretty amazing field stories at the end of the episode, so be sure to stay tuned for that.


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    82. Isobel Yeo: Underwater Volcanoes, Chimneys in the Ocean, and Fish with Feet

    82. Isobel Yeo: Underwater Volcanoes, Chimneys in the Ocean, and Fish with Feet

    Isobel Yeo is a marine volcanologist, which means she studies volcanoes underwater. Volcanoes are found everywhere, and we really don’t know that much about them. Today, Izzy and I chat about why it can actually be easier to study space than the ocean, and what field work really looks like including playing with ROVs and seeing fish with feet in thousands of feet of water. We chat about blue mining and what that means and how we, in our everyday lives, impact it. Izzy also explains the complexity of naming underwater seamounts, and I have a request for any listeners that like maps about halfway through, so stay tuned for that. 

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    81. Jessica Pate: Drones, Collaborations, Dream Boats, and Emails from Manta Rays

    81. Jessica Pate: Drones, Collaborations, Dream Boats, and Emails from Manta Rays

    If you’ve listened to episode 2 of the podcast, you’ve already heard Jessica’s story and the genesis of her research. Today, we start right where we left off in that episode. Jessica shares a few of her many exciting projects including identifying and describing a third species of manta, tagging the mantas, and future projects with guitarfish. We chat about how the manta project has evolved from bowriding to droning, how it's grown from a side project to full time endeavor, and how Jessica’s work was featured in Nat Geo.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

SissyMKH ,

Future manatee marine biologist

I want to save manatees. They are very cute and one of the calmest animals. I do have a question……….. do I have to only go to Florida to study them? I might be afraid of crocodiles. 😬I have always wanted to be a marine biologist. Thanks!

-A big fan

Ps. What am trying to say, in the question, is there another place where manatees are mostly? 😜🤪🥰

Future Marine Biologist ,

Dream Job

One night I was in the car with my dad geeking out on marine animals and he found this podcast. I was talking a lot of how much I want to be a Marine Biologist and how long it would take to do so. I was also talking about what college I would go to. Mind you I was in middle school at the time. He found this podcast on the drive back home from some place. I have loved it ever since. I now know so much about marine biology and what I can do to become one. It is truly a big inspiration in my life.

Sky bestie ,

THATS ME DREAM JOB

I LOVE THIS SO MUCHHHHH IT TELLS
ME ALL THE SEA LIFE

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