What an Aquatic Ecologist Do?
Aquatic Ecology is a sub part of Ecological science. Aquatic ecologists study the relationship between the aquatic environments with oceans, lakes, ponds and rivers. The study also involves how the characteristics of aquatic habitats affect the organisms found there. There job role is unique as they are concerned with aquatic ecology and the impact of pollution in water bodies.
They observe the interrelationships between the species and environment in lakes, ponds and other body of water. Following tasks are the part of their job:
- They examine the human impact on aquatic ecosystem.
- Surveys on aquatic harvest regulation system.
- Gather information regarding the field data on plant life and water quality in the field.
- Study aquatic ecosystem, fish and their habitats and population assessment.
- Design surveys on fish and aquatic plants research.
- Draft technical report on their study in the form of documents.
- Give explanation of technical information in plain language to entrepreneurs, so that the techniques of aquatic life harvesting can be improved.
- Expertise in using software system applications including habitats modeling, databases, geographic information etc.
- Research on plants and animals living under water and environment conditions that are affecting them.
- Examination of various type of water life, like snails, mussels and turtle.
- Endow knowledge and feedback on aquatic ecosystem and their interrelationship.
- They have to study both freshwater as well as saltwater systems.
- Conduct research, educate others and work to conserve our natural resources.
- Their main focus is to study the behavior of living organisms like fishes, craves and plants under water.
Work Environment :
Aquatic ecology is not that much vast field as compare to the earth ecology.These ecologists works in the river, lake and ponds as because their work include the study of water movement, water chemistry, aquatic ecosystem, movement of material in and out in water. Mostly they work under water to study the lives of aquatic organisms. Their work is not easy because they have to trek through lots of mud and water. The work environment also depend upon the surrounding of work space. The person having more education qualification and experience mostly spend their time in laboratory or universities to teach the student.
Working hours are not measurable as they have to do research on water breeds. They have to continue their work till they reach to the end stage of their research. The working hour not limited to the filed only, they prepare the reports on their research at home and office. Researcher have to spend their time in reviewing their work and submitting research results to others.
The average salary of this professional group is 2,00000. The federal agencies and other national government jobs offers upto 4,00000 and the state government offers 3,5000 as a average salary. Their salary depends upon the skills, experience and the education qualification. Past experience helps to get more salary.
How to become an Aquatic Ecologist:
BA Degree is the entry level for the practical work as a aquatic ecologist. And if you want to start carrier from laboratory work, then BS degree is required. You should go for the further study i.e. masters, if you want to join university .They study the natural processes, how physical, geological, chemical processes influencing fresh water and salt water. In addition to this they study the human influence in lake water, ponds, and ocean. They can join some courses such as; Aquatic vascular plants, conservation biology, stream ecology, water resource law, environmental modelling . PhD is usually required to do independent research and should also learn about the laws governing the use of freshwater, protecting the species such as sea turtle and corals.
Skills and Qualities:
Able of Swim and Scuba Dive: This is one of the most important quality of an aquatic ecologist because their work is to study the species under water.
Passion: One must have the passion to know more about the new sensations of aquatic life.
Good Oral and Written Communication Skills: Communication skills are also must as they have to present their research work report to the senior level.
Self Dependent: They should be able to work independently on assigned project.
Problem Solving Skills: Aquatic ecologist must be able to analyze any uncertain problem and apply the logical approaches to solve them.
Technical Knowledge: Must have the knowledge of the computer software applications to prepare the reports on their research for the submission.
The job opportunities of an aquatic ecologists are variable and exists at all educational levels, as to enter in this field BA degree is the entry level. By acquiring higher education level i.e. master’s, one can join the laboratory work. More experience enhances the chances of promotion and to become senior in the field to lead team.