What does a Biologist do?
Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.
- Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings.
- Program and use computers to store, process, and analyze data.
- Collect and analyze biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment.
- Study aquatic plants and animals and environmental conditions affecting them, such as radioactivity or pollution.
- Communicate test results to state and federal representatives and general public.
- Identify, classify, and study structure, behavior, ecology, physiology, nutrition, culture, and distribution of plant and animal species.
- Represent employer in a technical capacity at conferences.
- Plan and administer biological research programs for government, research firms, medical industries, or manufacturing firms.
- Research environmental effects of present and potential uses of land and water areas, determining methods of improving environmental conditions or such outputs as crop yields.
- Measure salinity, acidity, light, oxygen content, and other physical conditions of water to determine their relationship to aquatic life.
- Teach or supervise students and perform research at universities and colleges.
- Supervise biological technicians and technologists and other scientists.
- Study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and function.
- Study and manage wild animal populations.
- Prepare requests for proposals or statements of work.
- Cultivate, breed, and grow aquatic life, such as lobsters, clams, or fish.
- Prepare plans for management of renewable resources.
- Develop methods and apparatus for securing representative plant, animal, aquatic, or soil samples.
- Study reactions of plants, animals, and marine species to parasites.
- Develop pest management and control measures, and conduct risk assessments related to pest exclusion, using scientific methods.
- Prepare technical and research reports, such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public.
- Review reports and proposals, such as those relating to land use classifications and recreational development, for accuracy, adequacy, or adherence to policies, regulations, or scientific standards.