Ecologists are concerned with ecosystems as a whole and, within them, the abundance and distribution of organisms and the relationships between organisms and their environment. Ecologists carry out a wide range of tasks depending on their specialist knowledge (e.g. freshwater, marine, terrestrial, fauna, flora).

Typical work activities include:

  • Conducting field surveys to collect information about the numbers and distribution of organisms
  • Applying sampling strategies and employing a range of habitat survey techniques, such as: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), aerial photography, records and maps
  • Carrying out environmental impact assessments
  • Habitat management and creation
  • Liaising with and advising site managers, engineers, planners and others associated with a survey
  • Writing reports and issuing recommendations.

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