Marine Biology

Dalhousie’s University’s world-renowned Marine Biology program continues to make waves in a time when understanding our planet’s hydrosphere is critical. Superb facilities, ocean-wide research projects and field-based courses cultivate passionate and empowered students with a deep understanding of underwater ecosystems.

Student skills

  • Underwater natural resource use
    and management
  • Fisheries and aquaculture history
    and sustainability
  • Ecology and evolution of aquatic life
  • Population dynamics, conservation and ecosystem support
  • Aquatic physics, chemistry and engineering
  • Transferrable skills (e.g., community engagement, networking, collaboration/teamwork, etc.)
  • Research methods, statistics
    and ecology
  • Laboratory procedures and use of
    advanced equipment
  • Sample gathering and live
    specimen handling
  • Data collection and assessment
  • Science Communication


  • Marine and coastal conservation
  • Government environment offices
  • Eco-tourism
  • Academic/Scientific Labs
  • Youth science workshops
  • Fisheries and oceans research
  • Education

Past roles

  • Research assistant
  • Lab technician
  • Field technician
  • Animal care technician
  • Conservation officer assistant
  • Instrumentation assistant
  • Youth science instructor
  • Commentator
  • Land stewardship assistant

Past employers

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Nova Scotia Nature Trust
  • Environment Canada
  • Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
  • Murphy’s Nature & Whale Watching
  • SuperNOVA Science Workshops

Example of a work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
2nd year Study Study Work term 1
3rd year Study Work term 2 Study
4th year Work term 3 Study Break
5th year Study Graduation  

Marine Biology co-op student work term schedules may vary from the example displayed above.



Please reach out to the Marine Biology Faculty Co-op Advisor to discuss recommended coursework.

Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $ 20.00


Faculty of Science: Marine Biology website.