An Ecologist studies the relationship between animals and plants and the environment in which they live. Their work typically looks at the impact changes to the environment have on the distribution and abundance of different species and how we can manage those impacts to help nature thrive. A generalist Ecologist will have a broad understanding of lots of different species and habitats, but some Ecologists specialise in specific groups of species and habitats, such as mammals or the marine environment.
Ecologists typically spend their time undertaking ecological surveys, identifying issues or potential issues that could harm the natural world, and then producing and implementing plans and actions to prevent this and help nature to recover. Increasingly, Ecologists use technologies such as drones, infra-red cameras and satellite imagery to aid their work.