Peter Etnoyer

Marine Biologist, NOAA

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Professional Background

My professional background includes 10 years in film and video production in Los Angeles and New York City, followed by a return to graduate school to pursue my first love, the marine sciences. The transition resulted in a successful and productive career in marine science and conservation. I am now a deep-sea biologist and explorer working for the federal government to protect and conserve deep-sea habitats.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?

Duke's English department taught me how to write and to reason effectively. This is critical to marine science, where peer-reviewed manuscripts and research proposals are the central products of the scientific enterprise.

Peter Etnoyer