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A plant biologist or ecologist studies factors that influence the growth, health and characteristics of plants, including resistance or susceptibility to pathogens, disease, and how plants interact with the microbiome (microbes in the soil), with the air, water and soil. They may study plants growing in plantations or in natural ecosystems in modified or native landscapes. They are needed in order to help the forest industry maximise potential growth of their trees.
$55,000 – $125,000
Science degree + postgrad
Usually involves fieldwork
Absence from home
Often involves travel
Generally plant biologists and ecologists have a science degree followed by a Masters or Doctorate that specialised in plant or community or landscape ecology.
Skills required include:
- statistical and analytical skills
- excellent writing and presentation skills
- attention to detail and a love of nature.
See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.
Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.