Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following are summaries of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If your question is not answered here, please check our Plankton Forums before contacting us if your question has to do with school, career advice or general marine life science. We get thousands of questions a year and are unable to answer all of them individually. Thank you!
General Questions about MarineBio
Who are you guys?
Since 1998, we have been an all volunteer nonprofit organization of marine biologists, students, professors, and conservation advocates working to share the wonders of the ocean realm online to inspire conservation, education, research, and a sea ethic. For information on our founder and current directors, see our About Us page, which also lists information about our mission and philosophy.
Who funds you?
Currently we cover most of the costs ourselves, although we have some help from sponsors on the site and the generous donations from our many members and donors. We also receive help from our contributors and volunteers who have contributed to the site as either professionals or volunteers. See our MarineBio Projects page to see what projects we're currently working on to achieve our Mission.
Are you hiring?
Not at this time though we are always seeking talented volunteers to help out with the immense work we have yet to do.
I'm an expert about a group of marine animals or plants and would like to get involved. Who should I talk to?
Contact our Founder, David Campbell at David@marinebio.org or us at +1 (713) 248-2576 to discuss the possibilities. We are currently seeking Directors of the following: Dolphins, Pinnipeds, Fishes, Coral, Crustaceans, Echinoderms, and Plankton (Phyto and/or Zooplankton). See /scientists.asp for more information.
What kind of volunteers do you need?
We are primarily looking for biology, zoology, marine biology, etc. students and/or marketing or communications students who wish to gain some experience and to supplement their resumes. Volunteering is via virtual assignments to help with the MarineBio Network itself and it's various projects. Areas include:
1. Expansion/refinement of content in the Ocean, Marine Conservation and Marine Life sections - please read those sections and email David@marinebio.org with suggestions, references, URLs, etc.
2. Projects on the Projects page - see /research/projects
3. Marketing/PR work - work would include writing letters and emails to potential partners, helping with our online/offline marketing plan, etc. Email David@marinebio.org if you're interested, and please send a brief description of your background and a few words about what aspects of the above you would like to get involved with and how you think you might benefit MarineBio's Mission.
How else can I get involved to help save/protect/restore the ocean?
1. Please visit our Marine Conservation section to learn more about a Sea Ethic, Sustainable Fisheries, Biodiversity, Global Warming, Habitat Conservation, Sustainable Tourism and more. Knowledge is power. Tell others about it, talk to strangers, tell your kids... the ocean needs our help and we need the ocean. We also have a page 101+ Ways to Make a Difference that contains links to petitions from all over the Web that need our help today in the ongoing fight to protect marine life and our shared environment. The page also lists all the ways we can all lessen our impact on Planet Ocean as well.
"Since our species first evolved, we have concentrated our efforts on ensuring the survival and well-being of ourselves, our families, our tribes, and, more recently, our nations. Now we must broaden our focus once more to embrace the goal of ensuring the survival and well-being of our living planet. Deciding how we will maintain the biological parts and processes of our home, how we will save, study, and sustainably use life on Earth, is a challenge far beyond anything humankind has faced. But alternatives that fail to maintain our biotic systems will inevitably lead to diminishing living standards, to widespread misery, and, finally, to death on a scale beyond anything that has befallen our species... all within the life span of a single massive coral head. People and institutions can avoid this by keeping the goal of maintaining the integrity of life constantly in mind as we formulate and implement our strategies to conserve biological diversity." - Dr. Carl Safina
3. We also highly recommend Marine Conservation Biology: The Science of Maintaining the Sea's Biodiversity edited by Michael E. Soule, Elliott A. Norse, Larry B. Crowder, Marine Conservation Institute, Island Press, 2005
4. See Dr. Moyle's "What you can do to save wildlife" essay pages to learn all about wildlife conservation.
5. Make a donation and/or join the MarineBio Conservation Society and help us continue spreading the word and more.
Do you offer advertising?
Not in the traditional sense because we are a nonprofit organization (though non-tax deductible traditional advertising is possible, contact us for more information). However, we do offer a Network Sponsorship Program. See our MarineBio Sponsors page for more information.
If you would like exposure for your marine life related service, etc. contact us with your suggestion. You may also "Suggest a Site" to us here /oceans/resource. We will review and add it wherever we think it would be most useful to members and visitors. You may also join our forums at planktonforums.org and post interesting information about your group that would interest marine biologists, students, ocean lovers, etc. (the forum is closely moderated and spam is not tolerated). All links are tested monthly and those that return errors are removed.
What sort of partnerships and sponsorships do you offer?
At this time we are open to all possibilities. If you are involved in marine research, education, conservation or photography/videography, etc. we would like to hear from you. Or if you like what we do and would like to help support our efforts, you can contact us via email at email@example.com or by phone at +1 (713) 248-2576.
Can I use your photos or other content?
Do you offer memberships?
All those that register at the Plankton Forums are considered "Plankton Forum Members". All those who join us at the MarineBio Conservation Society are considerd MarineBio Conservation Society members.
Can you send me printed materials about you or of content on MarineBio?
At this time we do not produce any printed materials, such as brochures, etc. and with at least 1,000 pages of content on the MarineBio Network we do not offer printed copies for free.
I found an error on one of your pages, what should I do?
We appreciate all feedback concerning content on the MarineBio Network. When an error is found, please click the appropriate link under "Feedback & Citation" on our pages or simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and describe what you found to be in error. We will review it and make any required updates as soon as possible. If you find an error related to scientific data, please be sure to include a reference to published literature so that we can verify the suggested correction.
Can you put a link to my site on MarineBio.org? Are you paid by those you link to?
We are not paid by any of those sites that we link to on the MarineBio Network (with the exception of those present in Google ads). All links from the network were either chosen by us or suggested by visitors which were then reviewed by us and approved. If your site meets our standards then we may include a link to your site in a number of places. You can suggest a site to us in the following ways:
1. Email the link and a short description to email@example.com.
2. Post it in any of our various social networking sites (see the buttons to Facebook, etc. at the top of all our pages).
3. Post it in the Plankton Forums under the appropriate category or join and add it to your signature.
I'm a Marine Biologist or studying to become one in [a country or U.S. State] and would like to help with an international or State page about marine biology and conservation in my area, what should I do?
Wonderful! Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help build a page on the network for your country or State.
Questions about education or careers in the marine life sciences
I'm interested in becoming a Marine Biologist, what should I do?
Please review the content and posts at: Marine Biology Education Resources and Careers & Education in Marine Biology. If you still have questions afterward, feel free to register with the Plankton Forums and post them in the appropriate forum.
I need to know which school is best for me to study Marine Biology. Can you help?
That will depend upon many factors, many of which are discussed in the forum at planktonforums.org/viewforum.php?f=5. If you don't find your answer there, feel free to register and post your questions in there for the best responses. We also have a list of schools that offer Marine Biology degree programs at /marinebio/careers/us-schools.asp (US schools) and /marinebio/careers/international-schools.asp (schools outside the US). The lists are always changing and contain what we think are the majority of schools offering degree programs in Marine Biology to help people just like you.
I'm doing a research article on marine biology. I was wondering if you could recommend any topics.
Sure! We recommend any topics that have to do with marine conservation. Marine conservation is a vital subject that currently is too often ignored in mainline research. One book we would like to recommend as a great resource for possible research topics concerning marine conservation is Marine Conservation Biology - The Science of Maintaining the Sea's Biodiversity. If you would like to discuss this further, please see our forum here: planktonforums.org/viewforum.php?f=7 and post at will.
What's it like being a Marine Biologist? I need to interview one for a school project, etc.
See our latest reply to a request for an interview at planktonforums.org/viewtopic.php?t=4936. Otherwise, please visit our forum titled: "Need Help with School Reports, Interview...?" at planktonforums.org/viewforum.php?f=9 which was created just for you.
Where can I meet/chat with Marine Biologists?
We currently have many Marine Biologists as members of our very popular Plankton Forums located at planktonforums.org. We'll look forward to seeing you there!
Questions about marine life
I'm interested in marine life/Marine Biology, can you tell me more about it? Where do I start?
So are we! We have hundreds of pages and counting of information just for you. You might start at The Ocean section where we explore some of what is known about the ocean in what is essentially an online introduction to marine biology and ocean science. The Marine Life section is the essence of MarineBio, so in this section we explore information on the biology, morphology, behavior, ecological relationships, taxonomy, and conservation status of the fascinating marine life that inhabits the ocean from nanoplankton to Blue whales. The Marine Conservation section covers some of the key issues in marine conservation and we hope that by helping to educate the public we can mobilize action to stop the destruction, prevent the loss, and preserve what's left of marine life in our largest living space—the ocean. We hope you enjoy your journey and we love feedback either directly or in our Plankton Forums.
I saw a marine thing/fish/crab/shrimp/... and need help identifying it. Can you help?
Sure, we love a challenge though we usually recommend the many books out there for the best help with species identification. If you have a good photo(s) or video and can upload them somewhere on the Web, post your question(s) and links to the photos/videos in the Plankton Forums and we'll be happy to help.
I need to find good books about marine life to read, can you suggest any?
We've made a page of the wonderful books we use everyday at our MarineBio References page at: /research/references - most are linked to their Amazon.com pages where if you buy them we get a very small percentage from the sales (4%) that goes directly to help with our efforts. We have also posted our favorite marine life DVDs at /research/references/ which are also linked to Amazon.com.
I read an interesting story about marine life that I think you should know about....
Feel free to email us a link to it at email@example.com or post it in the Plankton Forums so that everyone benefits. We also have a Marine Life News page that pulls news from many different sources with news stories generally about marine life at /news.asp.
I would like to submit some information about a particular species that you don't yet have online. What should I do?
Great! You can email us suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about marine conservation
How can I find out more about marine conservation?
The best place to start is in our Marine Conservation section at /oceans/conservation. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the Marine Conservation forum at planktonforums.org/viewforum.php?f=7. We've listed the majority of marine conservation organizations at /oceans/conservation/organizations.asp with descriptions about them to help you decide which to join if you would like to get involved further. The list is updated frequently, let us know if we've missed any or if you would like to know more about an issue at email@example.com.
How can I get more involved? (Save the whales, dolphins, turtles, sea otters, etc.)
See the question above, read Dr. Carl Safina's books, the EYE of the ALBATROSS and the Song for the Blue Ocean that we cannot recommend highly enough as well as Marine Conservation Biology : The Science of Maintaining the Sea's Biodiversity by Michael E. Soule, Elliott A. Norse, Larry B. Crowder, Marine Conservation Institute, Island Press, 2005, visit our "100 Things We Can ALL Do" and Dr. Moyle's "What you can do to save wildlife" and finally, you can make a donation or join the MarineBio Conservation Society to help us continue spreading the word and more.
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