Aquatic Ecology relationships between individuals of the same species, between different species, and between organisms and their physical and chemical environments, in all aquatic environments, including oceans, estuaries, lakes, ponds, wetlands, rivers, and streams.

Here are a few pictures that show what an aquatic ecologist does.

What does an Aquatic Ecologist do?

  • study the impact of invasive species or habitat loss
  • study the result of pollution into water bodies and their impact on the life forms
  • also have a good understanding of geology and soil analysis

The state that employs the highest number is California with the last recorded census being in 2014; 2,260 individuals were employed as a aquatic ecology in California alone.

A related degree to aquatic ecology is Fish & Wildlife Management Degree. Some key areas for education in the field are to focus on Environmental Biology, Microbiology, or Zoology

Here is a picture of aquatic ecologists looking at aquatic life.

In the video it talks about what they do and they catch small fish and take them back to the lab to be tested. With these test results they can investigate the drivers of change in population dynamics and in food levels. These test results can have a global impact because if researchers start to notice a downfall in the fish then it can impact us and other species for our food source.

This is a pie graph of the percentage of jobs that are within aquatic ecology. Source:


Created with images by USFWS/Southeast - "Students watch a mussel" • woodleywonderworks - "Seining Success [SERC Field Trip 18]" • USFWS/Southeast - "Discussing aquatic macroinvertebrates" • USFS Region 10 - "060920-108"

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