Careers in Biology

Biology students from Marietta College go on to a variety of careers in and out of biology.  Our graduates can be found in medical, dental and veterinary offices, in state wildlife departments, at research foundations, aquariums, zoos, national, state and metro parks, colleges, environmental companies, urban planning, law, and a host of other careers.

A Marietta education in biology prepares you for a wide range of career options, and the flexibility to change as the economy and the field of biology itself change.  Many of our students opt for graduate or professional school and we are proud of both their ability to get into these programs and their success once there.  Graduating students at Marietta take a national test in biology and usually score in the top 30% in all categories.

Here is what some of our graduates are up to:

Amy Woodell - President, The Cambrian Foundation

The Cambrian Foundation is a private organization dedicated to research, education, preservation and exploration of aquatic ecosystems.

Amy is also a biologist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, working on control of invasive aquatic plants.  She sent us this picture of herself piloting her airboat.  In addition to her BS from Marietta College, Amy has an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.

Sarah Beck - Sarah Received a MS degree from Ohio State and now works as an aquatic biology consultant in New Mexico.


Sarah working for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute for her summer internship at Marietta College


Todd Myers, Physician, Marietta, Ohio

Jody Drouhard Strong, Veterinarian, Veterinary Associates, Xenia, Ohio

Dirk Westfall, 1995.  Dirk is Assistant Curator at SEA LIFE Aquarium At LEGOLAND's California Resort. Previously, he was an aquatic systems designer with Aquatic Habitats Incorporated in Apopka, Florida, a Senior Aquarist at Sea World of Florida, and as an aquarist at other aquariums including the Florida Aquarium, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and Sea World of Ohio.

Chuck Holliday, Professor of Biology, Lafayette College

Dr. Michelle McWhorter (Seliskar)  - Michelle graduated from Ohio State in 2007 and is now an Assistant Professor at Wittenburg University in Springflied, Ohio.  Ironically, the zebrafish Michelle uses in her research are kept in habitats produced by the company Dirk Westfall (above) used to work for.


Phil Downey, Director Aquatec Biological Sciences, Inc.


Storey Musgrave, Astronaut (retired) (Storey is actually an MC grad in Chemistry, not Biology, but you get the picture - the sky's the limit at Marietta).

Jennifer Wykle works as a biologist for the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

Beth Landers

Educator/Information Coordinator, Lake Soil and Water Conservation District

Shelley Wykle (Estep)  Assistant Principal, Newport Central Catholic High School, Newport, Kentucky.
Brad Seward, Seward Plumbing and Heating, Zanesville, Ohio

Emily J. Parnell (Kuhn), Postdoctoral Research Scholar Department of Biochemistry University of Iowa


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Updated 12/30/08 by DMC