READ as much scientific literature as possible, so that you know everything about your own field of investigation (and beyond)
ATTEND marine science and conservation conferences and workshops
GET TO KNOW the key players in person
VISIT cetacean laboratories, universities, NGO headquarters, museums, libraries, research centres, field stations
PARTICIPATE in field courses and expeditions
SUBSCRIBE to e-mail lists such as marmam and ecs-talk
LEARN from your peers
DEVELOP multiple skills that can benefit your work and career
WRITE as much as you can, and develop an appreciation for structure, meaning, synthesis, style... and lack of typos
COMMIT to what you do, and spend much time and effort actually doing it
DO YOUR BEST which probably means: do not get attached to what you did, as there is still much you can do to make it better.
"I have done my best." That is about all the philosophy of living that one needs.
How does one become a cetacean researcher?
Photo: the late Kenneth S. Norris, world-renowned expert on whales and dolphins