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An ecologist studies the relationships between plants, animals, and their environments. They also teach others to appreciate and understand the natural world we live in and depend on. Environments change constantly, so every day presents a new adventure for ecologists. An ecologist spends a lot of time doing field work; they frequently prepare field studies based on concerns about the environment. In field ecology programs, most ecologists are impressed at how many new discoveries continue to be made about what animals and plants do.
An ecologist is also required to read and analyse research by other ecologists, they use computer simulations, and take part in laboratory studies of animals and plants.
A large part of being an ecologist is education, for society and communities as well as for ecologists. Some ecologists do this as university professors or teachers.