What is the difference between a marine biologist and an oceanographer?

A marine biologist studies the life in the ocean (“bio” = life). An oceanographer studies the physical elements of the oceans.

A marine biologist will study dolphins.

An oceanographer will study tides.

A marine biologist will study jellyfish.

An oceanographer will study the salt content of seawater.

A marine biologist will study algae.

An oceanographer will study the volcanic activity of the sea.

A marine biologist will study horseshoes crabs.

An oceanographer will study the plate tectonic action of the ocean.

Of course, I do not think they are at all exclusive. But, that is the general break down of who studies what.

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Comments

  1. so very Helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

  2. What is the difference between a marine biologist and a marine mammalogist

    • Beach Chair Scientist says:

      Marine mammalogist might just focus on marine mammals. Marine mammals include your dolphins, whales, seals, polar bears, walrus.

  3. I want to be a marine biologist but my grandma signed me up for a oceanography summer class

    • Beach Chair Scientist says:

      Marine biologists usually do study the life of the ocean. But life under the sea is dependent on so much … You’ll still have a great time learning about the physical, geological, and chemical aspects of the ocean. Good luck and please share your experience!

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