I’ve always been interested in how and why things do what they do and one of the most basic way to study this is through behavior. I did however try out many different things. I did a lot of genetic work, some aquaculture, and I’ve worked with corals. I learned very quickly that I am not much of a lab person and prefer to be outside to do my research. So being a field biologist/ecologist seemed the way to go. On top of that very few people study behavior now a days so I kind of see it as my chance to fill this niche.
The program I am part of does not offer an MS in marine bio. And by getting it in biology, it opens up more opportunities for jobs. In the end it doesn’t really matter that I prefer to work with marine organisms vs terrestrial. What matters is the concentration of biology I do. For example I want to concentrate on ethology (animal behavior) or behavioral ecology where others prefer genetics or microbio.
I did my undergrad at San Francisco State University, go gators! There I got my B.S. in marine biology and limnology (the study of freshwater systems). I worked in an evolutionary development lab that focused on fishes (both freshwater and marine) on a few projects, as well as doing some animal husbandry stuff.
Currently I am California State University, Northridge and am working on my M.S. in Biology. Here I am studying the mating and courting behavior of Giant Sea Bass as well as their residency at spawning sites. learn a little about it here and here.
I had an internship last summer working out in Taiwan at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. On top of working in a lab during my undergrad, I would also volunteer to help people dive for various research projects.