Professional experience in marine biology
Help secure our marine environments. At Macquarie we take a pioneering approach to study with our unique PACE program and learn about marine biology and the impact of climate change while working at local sea life sanctuaries.
Through PACE, marine biology student Ben Buchan worked at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary where he helped to look after the marine wildlife including taking water samples, cleaning the tanks and feeding stingrays, sea turtles and sharks. After his PACE experience Ben was given a paid position at Manly Sea Life where he was able to expand his skills and knowledge in marine conservation.
As a result of the knowledge and experience he gained through PACE and his work at the Mainly Sea Life Sanctuary, Ben was recently awarded one of three worldwide scholarships through Rolex, (the only one to be awarded in Australasia), known as 'Our World Underwater Scholarship Society'. Over 12 months Ben has had the opportunity to travel to a variety of countries in order to learn more about marine environments and to educate communities on the importance of ocean conservation and sustainable practices.
"Through my PACE unit I confirmed my passion for the marine environment. I have gained first-hand experience, skills and techniques that are sought by employers in this field, and without this PACE activity, I may not have had the opportunity to gain these." – Ben Buchan
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