What is an Ecologist?
An Ecologist is a biologist who studies the interaction between living things, including people, and their environment.
There are many areas of ecology. For example: animal behaviour, population biology, conservation biology and marine ecology.
What does an Ecologist do?
- collects data and samples out in the related field
- undertakes environmental studies
- does laboratory studies and tests of animals and plants
- reads and analyses research by other ecologists
- collates information and statistics
- predicts changes in the environment based on their data
- keeps up to date with current studies and trends
- speaks at conferences, seminars and other events
- consults to local companies and/or governments
- writes papers and reports
Are you . . . ?
- interested in the environment?
- a person who loves science?
- a person who loves research?
- analytical and logical?
- a great communicator – both written and spoken?
How do I become an Ecologist?
Many Ecologists begin their study career by completing a Bachelors of Science (BSc) degree first before specialising in a specific field of Ecology. A BSc can be done at most universities in South Africa.
Here is a list of some universities that specifically offer degrees in Ecology:
- UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH
Offers a BSc in Biodiversity and Ecology or an extended programme for this degree. This programme can lead to postgraduate studies in botany, zoology and/or genetics.
A selection mark (SM) of at least 65% and meet the requirements for Mathematics and Physical Sciences as laid down for the programme of your choice.
- UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
Offers a 4 year B.A. Human Ecology degree and a B.A. Human Ecology (Education/FET) degree. The University of the Western Cape is the only university in South Africa that offers this degree currently.
A Matriculation Exemption Certificate with 40% on the Higher Grade or 50% on the Standard Grade in one of the following subjects: Biology, Physical Science, Mathematics or Physiology.
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Is becoming an Ecologist the right career choice for me?
3 March 2015 – Posted on Facebook