How to Become a Marine Mammal Scientist

So you want to be a marine mammal scientist? Here’s the best advice we’ve found out there…

The field of marine mammal science continues to be one of great appeal. However, many students are not fully aware of what the field entails or are unsure of the best way to get involved. Here is some advice from our Education Committee for every age on making a career in marine mammal science.

For a dose of inspiration, read through the text of a presentation SMM Past President Dr. John Reynolds made at the 1999 Student Affairs Workshop entitled “Surviving professional puberty in marine mammalogy: things mom and dad didn’t tell you.


The following links provide advice on how to pursue a career in the marine sciences:

Cascadia Research Collective – Dr. Robin Baird
Advice for people interested in a career studying marine mammals

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Science Careers

Sea Grant
Interested in a Career in the Marine Sciences?

Sea World / Busch Gardens
Zoological Park Careers

Southwest Fisheries Science Center – NOAA Fisheries Service
Careers in Marine Biology

Vancouver Aquarium
Career as a Whale Biologist or Researcher
Career as a Marine Mammal Trainer
Career as a Marine Biologist