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MEET JOHN SKINNER

Research Associate at the Alaska SeaLife Center

John Skinner with seal

WHAT HE STUDIES:

- Marine mammal energetics

- Animal physiology

- Thermoregulation

EDUCATION:

M.S. Wildlife Ecology

B.S. Wildlife Biology

HOMETOWN:

Petaluma, California

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT DOING RESEARCH IN ANTARCTICA IS... "The challenge! The work we do with seals is only a small part of what we plan for each day. For example, we also think about how to travel across shifting ice, operate our equipment in the extreme cold, stay warm, and keep ourselves safe."

MY BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN SCIENCE IS... "Ask questions - Share your thoughts but be open minded! The best scientists love their work because they challenge themselves as well as others, by asking questions about the world. They serve as a positive influence in the scientific community by equally sharing and listening to others in order to solve life's most challenging questions."

 

John Skinner talks about why he enjoys being a biologist. (0:36)

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WHO IS STUDYING SEALS?

Meet Jo-Ann Mellish
Meet Markus Horning
Meet Allyson Hindle
Meet John Skinner