Marine Biologists

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Marine biologists study the animals and plants that originate and live in the oceans. This field of marine science deals with the research on the life processes, behaviour, genetics, and diseases of living organisms that exist in the marine environment. Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface and are home to a large population of all life on Earth; several species of marine life are yet to be discovered. The work of marine biologists is vital from the point of view of both pure and applied research. Marine life is significant to economy as it is a rich source of food and raw materials for several industries. Marine life includes seabirds, fishes, reptiles, invertebrates, mammals, plants, and microscopic life. Marine biologists use sophisticated satellite equipment to monitor and observe marine life and use tools like bottom trawls and plankton nets to collect samples. Specialist software is used to analyze the results of laboratory testing of these samples. The work of marine biologists also involves studying the impact of pollution, global warming, and man-made disasters like global warming on the quality of marine life. These scientists work in government organizations, marine research institutions, universities, marine rescue facilities, and commercial industries. Browse through these biographies and timelines to explore the life and works of various famous marine biologists from all over the world.
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Sylvia Earle
(The First Female Chief Scientist of the ‘U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’)
Sylvia Earle
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Birthdate: August 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gibbstown, Greenwich Township, New Jersey, United States
Sylvia Earle is known for her research on marine algae and she was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earle held the world record for the deepest untethered dive and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet, in 1998. She also featured in Netflix Original documentary Seaspiracy.
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Mason Gamble
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Birthdate: January 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Jessica Meir
(American-Swedish Physiologist, Marine Biologist, and NASA Astronaut)
Jessica Meir
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Birthdate: July 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Caribou, Maine, United States

Jessica Meir is an American-Swedish physiologist, marine biologist, and NASA astronaut. She is best known for her studies of the physiology of bar-headed geese and the behavior and diving physiology of emperor penguins. In 2020, Jessica Meir was named in Time magazine's Most Influential People list.

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Eugenie Clark
(American Ichthyologist Known for Her Research on Sharks)
Eugenie Clark
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Birthdate: May 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 25, 2015

Popularly known as The Shark Lady, American ichthyologist Eugenie Clark is remembered for her pathbreaking studies on shark behavior and poisonous fishes. A marine conservationist too, she had established the Mote Marine Laboratory. She also taught at the University of Maryland and authored 2 widely-appreciated books.

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William Beebe
(US Explorer and Ornithologist Who Co-Discovered the Bathysphere)
William Beebe
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Birthdate: July 29, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 4, 1962

American marine biologist, ornithologist, and entomologist William Beebe is remembered for his exploratory expeditions conducted for the New York Zoological Society. He also co-discovered the Bathysphere, penned many books, was a renowned lecturer, worked with the New York Zoological Gardens, and led tropical research at the New York Zoological Society.

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Alister Hardy
(Biologist, Marine biologist)
Alister Hardy
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Birthdate: February 10, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nottingham
Died: May 22, 1985
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Hans Hass
(Legendary Austrian Diver and Marine Biologist Who Pioneered Underwater Filmmaking)
Hans Hass
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Birthdate: January 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: June 16, 2013

Pioneering Austrian diver Hans Hass was a skilled marine biologist and underwater filmmaker who was considered one of the first to film marine life such as coral reefs, stingrays, and sharks. Known for his award-winning documentary Under the Red Sea, he also personally investigated the disappearance of prime minister Harold Holt at Portsea.

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Asha de Vos
(Marine biologist)
Asha de Vos
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
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Jane Lubchenco
(Environmental scientist)
Jane Lubchenco
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Birthdate: December 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
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Ingrid Visser
(New Zealand Marine Biologist )
Ingrid Visser
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Birthdate: February 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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John Murray
(Oceanographer)
John Murray
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Birthdate: March 3, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cobourg, Canada
Died: March 16, 1914

Born to Scottish migrants in Canada, John Murray later went back to Scotland to study medicine but quit without graduating. He later studied geology and became one of the pioneers of oceanography. He was also associated with the Challenger Expedition and was knighted for his work as a marine biologist.

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Andrea Marshall
(Biologist)
Andrea Marshall
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Birthplace: Mozambica
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Isobel Bennett
(Biologist, Marine biologist)
Isobel Bennett
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Birthdate: July 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Died: January 12, 2008

Isobel Bennett was an Australian marine biologist best remembered for assisting William John Dakin with his famous book Australian Seashores. One of the most celebrated Australian marine biologists of all time, Bennett played an important role in popularizing the book after Dakin's demise in 1950. She also wrote several other influential books, such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

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Cornelia Clapp
(Zoologist)
Cornelia Clapp
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Birthdate: March 17, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montague, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 31, 1934
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Kathleen Conlan
(Marine biologist, Explorer)
Kathleen Conlan
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Birthdate: June 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Kathleen Conlan is an Antarctic marine biologist who was named one of Canada's greatest explorers by Canadian Geographic. She has a Ph.D. from Carleton University. She was invited by pioneer Antarctic marine biologist Dr. John Oliver to join his Antarctic research team. She received an Antarctica Service Medal and the Science in Society Children's Book Award for her works. 

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Charles Atwood Kofoid
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Birthdate: October 11, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Illinois, United States
Died: May 30, 1947
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Timothy R. Parsons
(Canadian Oceanographer and Biologist Who Tried Building a Holistic Approach to Studying Oceans)
Timothy R. Parsons
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Birthdate: November 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Canadian oceanographer and marine biologist Timothy R. Parsons had been associated with the Fisheries Research Board of Canada and UNESCO’s Office of Oceanography in Paris. He later taught at the University of British Columbia. His research was focused on establishing a holistic new ecosystem approach to studying oceans.

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Charles D. Hollister
(Marine geologist)
Charles D. Hollister
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Birthdate: March 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Died: August 23, 1999