Career Spotlights

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Careers in Marine Science

An REU fellowship is a great way to prepare for a career in the marine sciences.

On this site we feature the careers of our REU alumni. Each student has followed a different path to their career. Find out how they are contributing to our appreciation of the marine sciences.

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Featured Spotlight

Patrick Spain
Credit: Icon Films
What is your current job?

I'm the host of the wildlife adventure TV series "Beast Hunter" on the National Geographic Channel.

What is a typical day like for you? Do you use any special tools or equipment?

There is no typical day with this "job"! Generally, a shoot lasts 15 days and I average 4 hours of a sleep a night. My waking hours are spent in extremely remote locations all over the world: searching for wildlife to interact with, living with various indigenous peoples and participating in their customs and rituals, and traveling in remarkably unsafe modes of transport. We do use a lot of special equipment. Some of the cooler and most useful pieces of kit have been: thermal imaging (FLIR) cameras, still and video camera traps, 3D sonar imaging, deep-sea ROVs, and the hands down greatest was a 3 man deep-sea submersible that I was able to take down 1000 feet into the waters off British Columbia.

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