Conservation Biologist

As a conservation biologist, you focus on how to protect and restore biodiversity, particularly understanding and minimizing human impacts on the natural world.

Conservation Biologist

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.