Here’s some tips I’ve gleaned from past teachers:
1. You need to be patient. You need to have the patience to wait months and sometimes years for the right data to power your experiments.
2. You need good quantitative skills. Environmental science work requires a lot of data analysis.
3. You need personal integrity and passion. If you’re not implementing environmentally friendly practices in your personal life, it will be hard to take you seriously in the field. Practice what you preach.
4. You need grit and thick skin. The anti-climate change crowd is well funded and has a strong voice. Your work will be directly opposed to their agenda. You need the wherewithal to overcome their skepticism.