As an ecologist, you will be studying the interrelationship between different living organisms and between organisms and their environment.
An ecologist surveys the diversity and behaviour of animal and plant populations in an ecosystem and studies the interrelationship of organisms with their physical and biological environment. Research areas of an ecologist includes the interaction of living organisms with others of their own kind and of a different kind. They also focus on how these organisms are affected by the physical environmental factors like availability of heat, light, water, nutrients and atmospheric conditions.
Studying Biology and Chemistry at the 10+2 level is an essential requirement for doing an undergraduate degree in Ecology/Environmental Science. Admissions to good institutions require a good aggregate % in the 10+2 examinations
A Bachelor’s program in Ecology is rarely available in India. However Ecology is a component of the 3 year bachelor’s degree course in Bsc Environmental science/ BSc Biological Studies in Indian universities. BSc Ecology program is available in many foreign universities.
Ecology is incorporated in postgraduate courses in Biological sciences and Environmental Science in India. MSc Ecology programs are available in foreign universities.
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An ecologist must have enthusiasm and fascination for animals and plants. It is necessary when they undertake fieldwork even in unfavourable conditions.
An ecologist must be an expert in one or more groups of living organisms and they should have the capacity to identify different species.
An ecologist should have the ability to use computer software for recording, analysing and presenting data and reports.
An ecologist should have excellent communication skills in writing, speaking and in doing presentations.
Teamwork and project-management skills are very essential for an ecologist during researches and field works.