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Ecology (from Greek: οἶκος, "house"; -λογία, "study of") is the scientific study of the relations that living organisms have with respect to each other and their biophysical environment.

Ecology (from Greek: οἶκος, "house"; -λογία, "study of") is the scientific study of the relations that living organisms have with respect to each other and their natural environment. This is the place to be when you want to discuss anything related to ecology!

If your submission is not related to ecological science or if it's not predominantly in English, expect it to be removed. In particular, environmental activism submissions belong in /r/environment or somewhere else.

Your post will probably be removed by the moderators if:

  • Is a /r/HomeworkHelp style question. If you are not a student then please state explicitly why you are asking the question

  • is a climate change post that is not focussed on one or more species. There are already numerous CC subreddits (that you can find in our sidebar), and also this sub would quickly get drowned out by this sort of content.

  • Your title does not adequately describe the content

  • Is a fundraising campaign/effort

  • Is a petition

  • Is a low effort image macro/meme post


What does ecology have to do with me?

Common Terms

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biscuitman76's guide to finding a job in ecology


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/r/ecology

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What is there to do in Ecology?

I'm a 20 year old psych major, but I'm quickly realizing that most jobs in the field of psychology aren't for me. I have always loved plants and animals and learning new things about the environment and the things that affect it. My mom was a microbiologist and is now working in usfws, so I know a little bit about what wildlife inspectors do, but not much else about any other job. I'd love to hear what some of y'all's jobs are, what y'all do in them, and the majors/degrees you did to get there!

5 Comments
2024/03/30
18:30 UTC

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What's the difference between functions of UNEP and IUCN?

1 Comment
2024/03/30
13:09 UTC

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Are climate change model error margins too great for them to be useful?

I appreciate this is probably low hanging fruit but this was a claim made by known non-climate scientist Jordan Peterson. He said something to the effect of 'the error margins of the climate model that predict human caused rising temperatures is too great for them to be useful'. He effectively called them bunk science and 'guesswork'.

Now I have no experience reading academic climate studies so I wouldn't know how to check this but is the claim at all true? Or even within our error margins, are we still certain of the dramatic effects of humans on worsening temperatures?

Apologies if this is an FAQ

21 Comments
2024/03/30
12:14 UTC

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What animal consumes the highest diversity of plant metabolites? Is it reflected in their metabolome?

(where not all plants are weighted equally)
And as biodiversity decreases, does the diversity of their diet decrease proportionately?

3 Comments
2024/03/29
23:20 UTC

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Bat Acoustic Monitoring

Hi! I am starting a research project on bat acoustics and the software I am using is not the most accurate at identifying bats via their echolocation. I am trying to get some manual ID experience under my belt and increase ID confidence. Does anyone know if there is an open source/cloud source for bat echolocation with confirmed ID's? If not, I'd be interested in collaborating to start one!

1 Comment
2024/03/29
13:16 UTC

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Grad school advice

So this year I applied for 4 masters programs. I only got one offer, and sadly the stipend isn’t great. Basically the position is funded, but tuition comes out of the funding instead of being waived so I’m left with not much money to support myself. Idk if it’s worth it? I’m disappointed I didn’t get into a program that provides a living stipend AND tuition waived.

31 Comments
2024/03/28
22:52 UTC

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Interviewing at environmental consulting

Hi! Just looking for some input here.

I got an interview at a consulting firm through a friend last fall. I interviewed with one of the managers and things went well, he said he was going to speak with the environmental head and schedule a second interview before thanksgiving. Fast forward a week he tells me that they don’t have much need for help because it’s the slow season but to reach out in the spring if I’m still looking for work.

I reached out a few weeks ago and he set up an interview with the person In charge of habitat assessment and ecological projects. I had that interview today and I was told they were going to start to reach out to different departments to see who needs help.

I’m finishing graduate school before and my environmental jobs have all been temporary, so I was wondering is this normal procedure to have a number of interviews before being offered a job?

6 Comments
2024/03/28
21:22 UTC

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which internship should i take!

Hi! I am an undergraduate student that studies Integrative Biology (which at my university is everything that isn't human biology or mcb or etc, so we are zoology, ecology, and organismic evolutionary biology) all mixed together. I want to get a PhD in either zoology or ecology, but what I want to study in the long run is how animal behavior is changing because of climate change, biodiversity, and conservation.

I switched into my concentration late and have been catching up on requirements and feel behind on my peers haha. so I mass applied to really cool internships and I got two internships for the summer that I am split between.

Option 1:

I got DAAD RISE, and would be in Germany for the summer. I would be studying how insect vision affects their behavior with the complex visual world around them. it would be very neuroscience, computational focused and they would help me develop my own project. I would get paid 934 euros a month + health insurance + travel ticket, but I am in charge of finding my own housing, and would pretty much be alone. BTW I do not want to be an entomologist haha. But since I want to go to graduate school having a competitive research opportunity like this on my resume would look really good , considering my grades are not a 4.0, and would look nice with my thesis. We would quantify their behavior, run experiments, use matlab for programming and visualization, and study the individual neurons! I would be here for basically the entire summer if I find housing!

option 2:

I got matched with the Universidad Mayor in Chile in their deaprtment called GEMA: which deals with genomics, ecology, and the climate. They do alot of research on microbial organisms (also not the direct line of animals that I want to study), and alot of the projects they have published already include chemicals with chemicals, chemical reactions, and soil mosses, and very very small microbrial organisms. I would get my flight paid for, i would stay with a family in chile, and I would get around 1,500 to spend on food and activities on top of that. this program would only be for june and july, and the university would have to send me the project. My organizer just emailed today letting me know that they agreed to match and are excited to work me and would send a project later. I would be with a cohort of students and there is a cultural aspect to the program. I also get a chance to visit patagonia at the end of the program and to visit family in ecuador before or travel to argentina.

From an ecology standpoint and also from an academic standpoint (I have only been a lab assistant) which one would be better???? I have been undecided for days and my friends and advisors keep telling me to trust my gut but idk what my gut is 😭

15 Comments
2024/03/27
22:36 UTC

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Areas under and between curves

Hi, just wondering if anyone here can point me in the right direction for a maths investigation im doing (year 12). Its about investigating real life contexts in which finding the area under or between curves is pertinent.

Currently im aiming for a more environmental approach in where this maths is used, however im not having any luck finding much. Please let me know if there are any specific papers or areas of study that utitlise this type of maths.

The two related syllabus points are: -calculate the area under a curve. -calculate the area between curves determined by functions of the form y=f(x)

Thank you in advance.

7 Comments
2024/03/27
04:35 UTC

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Insane/Funny Ecology Papers to Present?

I'm taking an ecology class, and need to do an oral presentation. I know all sorts of things that I could do, from stream ecology of macro invertebrates to how forest fires benefit the environment, to how less sea ice does (insert something, there are a lot of things).

The problem is that I don't want to do something that would be boring. I want to do something that would peak everyone's interest. Something insane like the rate at which mountain goats take lethal falls or how nuclear war would benefit the environment. (idk, just some insane stuff that would stand out. There's like 40 people, so I don't want to do "another boring presentation."

There are two requirements:

  1. It must be a published paper.
  2. It has to be no older than 2019, so a relatively recent paper.
22 Comments
2024/03/27
00:07 UTC

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Species Distribution Modelling - Help!

So currently working on some projected species distributions using climate layers from worldclim but it’s been suggested that deforestation is having a bigger impact on the species in question

I was wondering if anyone familiar with QGIS, DIVA-GIS, and MaxEnt know if it’s possible to model current and future distributions based on deforestation and where on earth I’d find map layers for that.

Many thanks in advance and if it turns out successful I’ll post some results in a month or so :))

3 Comments
2024/03/26
21:30 UTC

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Field ecology project

Hey guys

So I'm having a field trip, and I need a birds' ecology project, that can be done in 3 or 4 days. The area is not that big, so it can't be phylogenetic diversity or functional, since the distance in the points is not significant. Could you help me please?

The area has 823 acres (image). The area is more or less homogeneus, since there are some zones destinated to experiments with agriculture and goat farming. At east the area finishes in a seasonal river (it will have water when we visit).

Also, can't be projects related to presence/absence. It has to include some relation with some variables. We are going in the rainy season.

https://preview.redd.it/3dvljem2kpqc1.png?width=452&format=png&auto=webp&s=9883b542dc46f4a0262906530a13416a32058787

10 Comments
2024/03/26
16:04 UTC

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Do jobs in ecology care where you get your PhD from?

Or is it only the work do you while you’re getting your PhD? Also, they care who you worked with or is that just a benefit for you (obviously if they know your PI it’s helpful but outside of professional connections, does it matter reputation wise)

7 Comments
2024/03/26
12:47 UTC

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CONSERVATION WIN: Kenya's Black Rhino's Return. Makes for a nice change to see these guys make a comeback

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2024/03/26
11:57 UTC

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ARCTIC MELTDOWN: Polar Bears are Forced to Adapt. Some great work here by scientists to provide hard evidence of the impact of the melting arctic ice. Great to hear your thoughts

0 Comments
2024/03/26
11:26 UTC

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Universities offering top up programmes for Ecology

Hello, I was wondering if anyone has experience taking a top-up programme to turn an Ecology diploma into a degree.

I’m 1 year into a 2 year part time diploma in Field and conservation Ecology with Aberystwyth University, and I would eventually like to get my degree.

I’m working full time and studying in the evenings so distance learning programmes would be most ideal.

Thanks!

2 Comments
2024/03/26
08:19 UTC

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Contacting potential PhD adviser

Hi all,

I’ve been looking into PhD programs and possible advisers. I know that when reaching out you don’t want to be generic and just have a superficial comment about their research.

When trying to show interest in their research do I just ask a follow up question to their research paper I’m referencing? What should that follow up question be? “Had you thought about approaching the research question in this different manner?” Or is it more of a clarifying question so “I don’t quiet understand the importance of XYZ can you explain it to me?”

I have a M.S but went the none thesis route and I don’t have other friends in the same field who are PhD candidates so any advice is appreciated!

6 Comments
2024/03/26
03:14 UTC

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Career Opportunities

Hi all, I’m currently an environmental biology major and will be graduating with my bachelor’s in December. I’m having a super hard time trying to narrow down what career path to pursue and could use some advice. I absolutely love working outside and have some experience with conservation management, but am not sure what careers I could actually pursue in regard to ecology with that in mind. I’m not sure working at the federal level would be something I am interested in. According to my academic advisor the world is my oyster, and that is super overwhelming looking at all of the possibilities. Any advice would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance :)

3 Comments
2024/03/26
00:06 UTC

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Career Advice

Hi all! I am looking for any advice regarding doing more study vs applying for workforce graduate-programmes. Originally, my plan was to complete my bachelors (graduated a month ago) and then start my masters in 2025 but after researching a bit I am noticing multiple companies offering positions to recent graduates.

Is it worth applying to these roles or will a masters be more beneficial in the grand scheme of things?

4 Comments
2024/03/25
23:47 UTC

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CONIFEROUS is to CONIFER as DECIDUOUS is to... ?

Singular deciduous

49 Comments
2024/03/25
19:01 UTC

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the entire history of fish, i guess

1 Comment
2024/03/25
18:01 UTC

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Would this Ecological Skills Master's be useful to you if you are outside the UK?

Hi, I work in marketing for The University of Reading, we offer an MSc Ecological Survey Skills with Placement, (formally known as Species Identification and Survey Skills) it is very much geared toward working in ecological consultancy in the UK and includes a paid placement in a UK consultancy for six months as a field ecologist. It focuses on UK ecology and UK legislation but covers survey skills that can be applied anywhere (including e-dna molecular species identification and surveying).

My international recruitment team want to promote this to international students, but I have always thought it was too UK specific to be appealing/useful and I don't want to miss-sell to anyone, or for anyone to waste their money and time. What do you think? If you are an ecological consultant outside of the UK would employ someone with this Master's? Are ecological consultancy skills transferable to other regions? Are the survey skills and some work experience enough to make it a worthwhile programme? Thanks for any advice!

5 Comments
2024/03/25
16:04 UTC

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US Forest Service Ecologist

To start, I want to thank everyone who has been commenting on my recent posts 😅. I’ve been asking a lot of questions that are open ended and plan on asking a couple of more over the coming days!

Repost from another community:

Anyone here work for the USFS as an ecologist ? I’ve been applying to ecologist positions and finally have been referred to the hiring manager for a recent grad position (ik don’t count your eggs before they hatch).

What do you do on a day to day basis? Obviously job duties change with the GS level but for a GS-7 ecologist the job description is pretty generic and I want to know what to expect if I interview.

Thanks!

8 Comments
2024/03/24
22:46 UTC

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Planning grad school path post- BS in ecology (research driven)

I just graduated with a BS in ecology in december and am currently on a gap year, doing short-term observational independent research on bird flocks which ends in may. I plan to be in grad school for masters next april (2025), not sure what program or school yet. I have a real interest in birds and have planned to do a thesis masters in ornithology or ecology . But I have recently discovered I have a kind of desire to pursue some other certification in a secondary topic like genetics or disease ecology. I am wondering, should I try pursuing a dual master’s degree, one thesis (likely ornithology or wildlife or ecology ) and one non-thesis (like genetics, disease ecology, animal physiology)? Would I overwork myself? Should I just pursue a lower degree as a secondary one such as a minor or certificate, or even bachelors? I really love researching birds but also do not want to be limited to that. I am wanting to be a research ecologist and professor long-term, so PhD is the long term goal. I have probably just been rambling but any advice would be so so helpful I am scared 😅

7 Comments
2024/03/24
17:27 UTC

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Ecologist accreditation up skilling (Australia)

Hey fellow ecologists of Australia,

I'm relatively new to the field, having been in my role for just 8 months, but I'm eager to continue learning and challenging myself. I'm reaching out to gather some insights and recommendations on courses or accreditations that would be valuable for professional development, particularly in Queensland.

I'm aware of the Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) accreditation, but I understand that it's typically pursued after gaining 10 years of experience so I'm keen to explore other avenues for upskilling (e.g. AUSRIVAS Bioassessment Accreditation)

Thanks in advance!

2 Comments
2024/03/24
08:58 UTC

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What eats Oncosiphon pilulifer?

Does ANYTHING eat stinknet? I've read how cattle and goats won't even eat the invasive weed, but surely something has to eat it in its native habitat of Africa?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oncosiphon_pilulifer

https://extension.arizona.edu/stinknet-invasion

https://www.swvma.org/wp-content/uploads/Stinknet-Presentation-from-SWVMA-Meeting-20190421.pdf

3 Comments
2024/03/24
03:20 UTC

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anxiety over career prospects post-phd

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2024/03/24
01:28 UTC

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