Botanists study various aspects of plant biology. Most of the time they have a strong desire to want to understand all that they can about plants. They study the relationship between plants, the environment, and other living organisms. They also study fungi and algae. A botanist can choose from many different types of plants to study. In addition to studying plants, botanists do inventory and investigate conditions for botanical projects including restoration, conversation, mitigation, and monitoring of selected populations. They also investigate the environment and plant communities and the different effects rainfall, temperature, climate, soil, and elevation can have on a plant's growth. Botanists also conduct and prepare analysis, and they conduct environmental impact reports for the National Environmental Policy Act, agencies, and governments. Botanists also look for plants that may be threatened, endangered, or sensitive. They are always on the lookout for new and rare plants, as well. Botanists can work in laboratory environments or work outdoors to complete their research. In some cases, they also have the opportunity to travel to new and exotic locations all around the world in order to research certain plants where they can study the plant's effect on a culture. Botanists should have great observational skills, an interest in scientific studies, and a love of nature. They can work for research facilities, governments, or educational services. Botanists are required to have four years of college and a bachelor's degree in botany. However, some positions may also require a master's or doctorate degree in botany. Plants perform essential tasks for human living. They can be used for many different things, such as food, drugs, fibers, etc. Botanists help to better supply the world with understanding on how plants really work and how they benefit us all.
- Identify and classify plants.
- Investigate environment and plant communities and the effect of rainfall, temperature, climate, soil, and elevation on plant growth.
- Conduct and prepare analysis, reports, and environmental impact reports for the National Environmental Policy Act, agencies, and governments.
- Study, inventory, and investigate conditions for botanical projects including restoration, conversation, mitigation, and monitoring of selected populations.
- Survey for threatened, endangered, sensitive, and rare plants.