studying biology

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studying biology

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:02 pm

Hi
I will soon get my BA (English studies) degree and I'm considering getting M.Sc. in biology. I would like to do some herpetological field work, especially somewhere where herpetodiversity is high. I want to study in English but I can do it in Spanish-speaking countries as well because I know some Spanish. I have already checked Ege University where Bayram Gocmen works but it seems that I can not study there in English. :( I would rather not pay for the studying. Several years ago I passed quite well my matura exams on biology and math, among others. Any recommendations where to study?
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Re: studying biology

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:47 am

I think you would like to do with herps in your life as a job, and not only to study them at the University, and maybe find a job as teacher, or employed in a Pharma industry, or curator in some old museum... and having to do with herps only during vacations as a hobby!
And if you study in some european university, this will be most probably your occupational future, if you are lucky.
In Italy, for instance, there's little interest for herps, there are no jobs in this direction, and the very few jobs in university are not given for merits or capacities, to say the least...
I would contact herpetologists in lands where snakes or herps are more "important" in general than in Europe, and select Countries where the financial and health conditions are not bad.
I would not contact, to be direct, herpetologists in Gabon or Guatemala, but surely herpetologists in the USA (I think about Florida and the problems there with Pythons in the Everglades), Sudafrica (Nick Evans) and Australia https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HrKECUTr8nY

In such Countries snakes are an actual "problem", and job possibilities in this direction are more consistent than in Europe. You cannot study or work with herps in Iceland for instance!

And in such Countries, even if you won't find a job inside a university, you can always find something else in the herp direction: collaboration with universities or local administrations, removing snakes from houses, making independent research activity, opening a reptile park or working in an already existing one...

Let us know! Hope I've given you at least some hints or ideas...
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Re: studying biology

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:39 pm

Ruggero Morimando wrote:I think you would like to do with herps in your life as a job, and not only to study them at the University, and maybe find a job as teacher, or employed in a Pharma industry, or curator in some old museum... and having to do with herps only during vacations as a hobby!
And if you study in some european university, this will be most probably your occupational future, if you are lucky.
In Italy, for instance, there's little interest for herps, there are no jobs in this direction, and the very few jobs in university are not given for merits or capacities, to say the least...
I would contact herpetologists in lands where snakes or herps are more "important" in general than in Europe, and select Countries where the financial and health conditions are not bad.
I would not contact, to be direct, herpetologists in Gabon or Guatemala, but surely herpetologists in the USA (I think about Florida and the problems there with Pythons in the Everglades), Sudafrica (Nick Evans) and Australia https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HrKECUTr8nY

In such Countries snakes are an actual "problem", and job possibilities in this direction are more consistent than in Europe. You cannot study or work with herps in Iceland for instance!

And in such Countries, even if you won't find a job inside a university, you can always find something else in the herp direction: collaboration with universities or local administrations, removing snakes from houses, making independent research activity, opening a reptile park or working in an already existing one...

Let us know! Hope I've given you at least some hints or ideas...


In fact I'm going to be medical translator, this is one of the reasons why i want to study biology- to be sort of a specialist in the field, not only a translator. In Florida you have to pay for studies i think so it is not a good hint for me. :/
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Re: studying biology

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:53 pm

Sorry I could not be helpful, but I also admit I don't know what is a medical translator. I'm a medical doctor, and sometimes I have to do with stranger patients: in this case I speak english or try to understand anyway what they suffer from. There are no medical translators in Italy, and even if there were, I do not understand the link between this type of job and herps or biology more in general. Language knowledge and medicine knowledge is more important than field herpetology in this case... I don't know, but probably the situation is not clear to me... :roll: :D
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Re: studying biology

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:09 pm

Ruggero Morimando wrote:Sorry I could not be helpful, but I also admit I don't know what is a medical translator. I'm a medical doctor, and sometimes I have to do with stranger patients: in this case I speak english or try to understand anyway what they suffer from. There are no medical translators in Italy, and even if there were, I do not understand the link between this type of job and herps or biology more in general. Language knowledge and medicine knowledge is more important than field herpetology in this case... I don't know, but probably the situation is not clear to me... :roll: :D


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_translation
are you a general practitioner?
i did not pass my exams well enough to study medicine, unfortunately
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Re: studying biology

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:12 pm

G.p. and dermatologist as job, snake hunter and coral reefs / tropical forests lover in my soul... :lol:
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Re: studying biology

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:33 am

biomedical studies would be good for me as well but i checked some universities and they require BSc and i have BA ;_;
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