Mary Blasius

Mary Blasius

Marine Sciences Professor


Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, CA USA


We all have our weaknesses and we all have our strengths. [Being successful] is about the checks and balances.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Her parents both worked in the sciences—says she fell in love with science at a young age and grew up with a strong interest in pursuing it as a career.
Attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus in ecology.
Admits that she was only one of a few biology majors at that time that were not on a pre-med track, which initially made her feel isolated.
Decided to participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)—says getting involved helped her realize the benefits of pursuing a career in scientific research.
She worked in the atmospheric chemistry lab, where she conducted research on the environment and pollutants.
Attended graduate school at California State University, Long Beach, where she continued to study biology and worked as a teacher’s assistant.
Was inspired to apply her earlier research in some way to the study of animals, so she began measuring various environmental pollutants that can be found in marine animals like seals and sharks.
After graduating with her master’s degree, she began teaching marine science and ecology at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California-Irvine
graduate
Graduate
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
California State University-Long Beach
Career

Career

Marine Sciences Professor

I am a marine sciences teacher inspiring students to pursue careers in science.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Science
Environment & Nature
Environment & Nature
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I teach a vareity of marine science and ecology classes so my daily tasks can be different based off of what subject I am teaching. Since I teach at the community college level, my main task every day is to figure out how to communicate the different subject areas effectively to students who are new to college or may have never had any exposure to these topics. Other daily tasks also include creating lesson plans and syllabi for my classes and grading papers.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

As a teacher, you have to have thick skin. There will be students that love you and there will be students who hate you and you have to accept that. Learn how to communicate effectively and clearly. Doing research trains you to use particular equipment and techniques that come in handy as a lab teacher. Get leadership experience.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get involved. Join a club, volunteer/work in a lab, conduct independent research, etc. Discover the many different ways your major can be applied and the opportunities that it will give you.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"All biology majors go to medical school."

When I was at UCI, a majority of all of the biology majors were on the pre-med track. My disinterest in that and my focus on animals and research made me stand out. I felt isolated, but my involvement in research made me realize there were so many pathways that my biology major could take me down that didn't involve medical school.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

In graduate school, you have to get thousands of dollars to fund your research. The first year, I didn't get funded and had to pay for it myself. I just had to keep applying for grants and scholarships until I finally got one.