Ecologists carry out assessments of the health and distribution of organisms, namely people, plants, and animals, and the relationship between organisms and their environment. Ecologists usually have a specialisation area, e.g. freshwater, marine, terrestrial, fauna, and flora about which they conduct research and perform relating tasks. 

Scope notes

Work includes the analysis and testing of living organisms, the development and application of processes resulting from research in areas such as natural resource management, environmental protection and microbiology.

Alternative label

  • environmental scientist

  • aquaculture ecologist

  • ecologists

  • wildlife ecologist

  • conservationist ecologist

  • conservationist scientist

Regulatory aspect

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Optional skills and competences

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