As a conservation biologist, you focus on how to protect and restore biodiversity, particularly understanding and minimizing human impacts on the natural world.
What does a Conservation Biologist do?
Conservation Biologists may perform the following tasks:
- plan and conduct environmental studies to define problems and identify issues
- plan restoration efforts for damaged ecosystems
- conduct long-term monitoring of populations
- design and conduct field or lab studies and other research on the environment and the relationships between living organisms
- study and evaluate strategies for using land without affecting wildlife habitat
- analyse and present research findings and prepare reports and scientific papers
- provide technical advice to decision and policy-makers
- liaise with government representatives, conservation groups, and landowners
- ensure the maintenance of ecological data as a basis for ecosystem management
- locate funding for research and conservation projects.
What personal requirements will you need?
- analytical abilities to find the current conditions in an ecosystem, the causes of environmental degradation and what is required for a healthy ecosystem
- familiarity with relevant computer programs
- ability to communicate scientific information to the public
- ability to see the complexity of an environmental situation, including issues of value and ethics.
Undergraduate Courses To Become
Required major/s to pursue this career
The University of Western Australia