Aquatic Biologist

What Is An Aquatic Biologist?

Aquatic biologists deal with all living matter within lakes, rivers, and streams, including the composition of the water itself. These aquatic ecosystems are studied using water chemistry and biology.

What Do Aquatic Biologists Do?

  • Research issues related to zoo plankton, algae, fish, and other aquatic life
  • Conduct fieldwork
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Develop guidelines for water quality
  • Routine water monitoring
  • Assess that projects meet federal, state or province, and local laws
  • Perform administrative duties
  • Speak with the public and call consultants to discuss current problems.

Where Do Aquatic Biologists Work?

Aquatic Biologists often work with the public, engineers, public health inspectors, research scientists, and other consultants across North America. It's important to keep up with new technology, and developments in your field. The ability to deal with the public is an important skill. (Talking to public groups at their own level may be necessary to properly express the implications of an issue.) If you enjoy working with others, spending time outdoors, and making a difference by improving the lives of the public, this is the place to be. Aquatic biologists are employed by both government agencies and private consulting firms.


Aquatic biologists typically hold a Masters or Doctoral degree. They need good writing skills and a firm knowledge of statistics. Technician work in the field of aquatic biology is possible with a bachelor's degree in biology or a similar field.

For more information visit: The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

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