Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 21 Issue 04

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Volume 21, No. 4
Pages 8 - 9

COMMENTARY • The Business of Ocean Science

Margaret Leinen
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I’ve had an opportunity to watch ocean science develop over the past 30 years from the standpoint of student, researcher, faculty member, academic and government administrator, and now, from the business perspective. Although the ocean science research community has had limited interaction with the business community to date, I believe that this situation will change dramatically during the next 10 to 15 years. Other than ocean scientists who study fisheries or important food fish species, those whose fields are of interest to the oil industry, and most recently those who study marine organisms that may have bioprospecting payoffs, few of us have had our work lead to commercial development. But the demands of the economy and environment, as well as the interest of ocean scientists in contributing to society in new ways, are combining to open new opportunities with the private sector.


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