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What are some fields that relate to the conservation of nature?

I know that I want to help undo the damage caused by humans, but I'm curious as to the best scientific approach to this #science #biology #conservation #nature-conservation

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Shulin’s Answer

Hi Erika N.,

Ecology and geology will do. Geology might focus more in the soil, the ground. Ecology could be further categorized into plants, animals, biological niche, microbiology ecology. #biology#nature-conservation
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Tess’s Answer

Hi Erika,


Like you, this was a question I had going into college...what major could I pick that would help me one day conserve the environment and educate others regarding this issue. I ended up majoring in biology with a focus in ecology and conservation. Then I went back to school to get a certificate in wetland science & management which helps me in my work as an ecologist where I find wetland and stream boundaries and help to preserve these spaces.


Looking back on my undergrad, I wish I had majored in environmental science - this gives you an opportunity to cover a wide range of issues (ecology, conservation, global warming - it varies depending on the school). You could also look into fisheries, if that interests you.


Another piece of advice I have is - yes, we both love the environment, but how do you translate that to a job where you can make a living? In this field there are different types of employers (private, public/government, non-profits - ordered from higher to lower paying *generally). Definitely consider what kind of work you're preparing yourself for. The natural resource management field is rich with job opportunities (forestry, wetlands, water quality, etc), because a LOT of people only care about the environment in regards how it relates to money and functions/values that relate to humans.


I hope there was some insight in there!


Best,

Tess

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Andrea’s Answer

Consider the field of Environmental Education! You’ll want a degree in any natural resource, environmental science/studies, outdoor recreation or education. Then, there are lots of internships where you help teach at a nature center or environmental learning center to get experience. Helping others develop that connection to nature, helping them see how their lives impact the environment multiplies your passion manyfold. Plus, it’s a FUN job!

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