South Africa is highly biodiverse, boasting nine biomes within its national borders. 10% of the world’s plant species and 7% of its reptile, bird and mammal species make up intricate ecosystems. Understanding the interactions and interrelationships between living organisms and the physical environment, helps to identify changes in ecosystems that affects its health and ultimately the services it provides. It also informs strategies to conserve and ensure resilient ecosystems to secure all life on earth that it supports.
Ecologists can engage with conservation and environmental scientists, policymakers and social scientists to make recommendations on the effective conservation of ecosystems. They typically work between the field, laboratory and an office environment to collect and analyse ecological data.
Ecologists require a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biological and ecological principles, processes and interactions. They will further benefit from:
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Biological Sciences specialising in Botany, Ecology and/ or Zoology at all universities
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Conservation Ecology at SU and Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons),M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at UWC
National, provincial and local government.
Conservation organisations, both public and private.
NGOs and research institutions.