Biologists study living organisms and life in its broader extent in combination with its environment. Through research, they strive to explain the functional mechanisms, interactions, and evolution of organisms.

Scope notes

Includes people performing medical research, biotechnology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical research.

Alternative label

  • wildlife biologist

  • mycologist

  • lepidopterist

  • biology biotechnologist

  • zoologist

  • plant pathologist

  • natural science taxonomist

  • ornithologist

  • entomologist

  • herpetologist

  • mammalogist

  • ichthyologist

  • biology science researcher

  • biologists

  • biology research scientist

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