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Being a marine biologist: dreams and reality | Penn Medicine

Being a marine biologist: dreams and reality

Tim Sippel, PhD
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Marine Sciences
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Like many of my colleagues and friends, being a marine biologist was a childhood dream of mine. SCUBA diving, fishing, and aquariums all captured my imagination early on. Jacques Cousteau’s documentary films seemed to chronicle my ideal life. Like astronauts, marine biologists seemed to be tasked with doing the exciting and making fascinating discoveries. Although these things do happen in real life, most astronauts don’t walk on the moon like ...