question for the marine biology experts

question for the marine biology experts

Posted in the Marine Biology Forum

Techtronicman

Milford, NE

#1 May 19, 2011
Hello everybody! I'm a guy with a HUGE love of marine life and I want to one day study marine biology. However, in the meantime, thats not a very practical dream, so I'm working my way through an electronics program to learn how to be an electronics technician. On the chance that I can one day enter the world of marine biology, how useful would the skills and knowledge of an electronics techninician serve me in the world of biology?

If need be, here are a few skills I will have acquired by that time: troubleshooting on both the component and board level, basic computer programming skills, microcontroller and PLC programming skills, networking, robotics, and some hydraulics.

How useful could those skills be in the world of marine biology?
Vierod

Chester, UK

#2 Jun 2, 2011
Hi,

I'm in my third year of marine biology study at the moment.

Programming, hydraulic and robotics skills are likely to be transferable to ROV's (remotely operated vehicles) as well as many of the tools of Oceanography which utilise electrical sensors to determine the properties of sea water (such as platinum thermistors for temperature and conductivity measurements for salinity).

Oceanography often goes hand in hand with Marine Biology (as the physical properties of the sea have direct impacts on and often act as a proxy for (an indirect measure) biology.

The deep sea is also a field which is growing rapidly at the moment and my particular field of interest. Much of the studies in the deep sea use highly advanced manned and unmanned submersible vehicles so I would imagine that electrical engineering has a number of applications.

I'd say there are plenty of applications mate and its a knowledge shortfall for many students (like me) so go for it!

Look into CTD's (conductivity, temperature and depth) and oceanography instruments they're widely used for a number of applications.

Have a look here for a few of the common instruments used in the field!

http://www.whoi.edu/science/instruments/

Hope this has helped,
Alex

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