This week on ‘An Interview with WiseOceans’ we spoke with Cyril Soulet
Name: Cyril Soulet
Role: Marine Biologist and Educator
Top Tip: Don’t underestimate your network
Quick Fire Questions
1. What inspired you to pursue a career in marine conservation?
As a child, I explored areas with diverse wildlife, and my interest in TV documentaries and wildlife photos grew. As I gained experience in diving, I became increasingly aware of the growing threats to numeral species, making environmental preservation a clear choice for me. That’s how I naturally gravitated towards marine conservation.
2. What steps did you take or are you currently taking to achieve your career goals?
As a first step, I completed a BSC in Marine Biology, then I got involved in marine conservation NGOs through volunteering and scientific diving. All these experiences brought me a lot of skills, knowledge, and motivation to pursue this goal.
3. How did you obtain your current position?
I’ve discovered WiseOceans’ job board and I’ve signed up to their weekly newsletter. When I saw the job offer in my mailbox, I prepared my resume and a cover letter and applied.
4. Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?
I‘m passionate for immersing myself in the water to witness the interactions among marine life. When guiding guests, I like teaching of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind the scenes of what they’re observing.
5. Are there aspects of your position which make you feel that you are really ‘making a difference’?
Taking care of corals and be able to witness their growth until we outplant them, and after, then you notice all the marine life settling around “your” corals, it’s very rewarding!
6. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were starting out?
The interdisciplinary nature of marine biology: there are so many actors needed to understand marine ecosystems and you can’t do everything by yourself. I understood the importance of sharing information, collaborating across scientific disciplines.
7. Are there any skills you never thought you would need but did?
Using a toothbrush?
8. What advice would you give to budding marine conservationists?
Be curious, invest yourself in topics that matter to you, at different scales, and opportunities will start appearing. Don’t underestimate your network.
9. What is your favourite marine creature and why?
So hard to say, I love so many with as many reasons! I would say the pigmy seahorse because of its small size, incredible camouflage abilities, and unique habitat preferences; it’s a real challenge of spotting one.
10. What is your most unforgettable moment in the sea?
So many things to choose from! On my first ever dive, I was so excited when I saw dolphins joining the boat and jump at my feet, and seeing all the diversity of fish coming so close without fear: this created a bond between me and the ocean!
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