Kristin Laidre: On a Personal Note
The most rewarding part of my work is that not only to I learn a lot about biology, ecology and interesting animals and nature, when you work in the Arctic your science has relevance to the people. People that live in the Arctic rely on these animals for subsistence so learning more about how large the populations are, how they move around has a broader relevance that just what scientists are interested in.
My advice for students interested in being marine biologists would be to get involved in research as soon as possible. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in either field projects or the laboratory, and you get exposure to what it is like to be a marine biologist.