Animal Professions

What are some types of scientists in animal professions or careers? Here are a few animal professions and what they do.

Ecologists help protect the natural environment on land and water and are concerned with the interaction between people, animal, and plants.

Marine biologists study animals, plants, and other organisms in the sea.

Zoologists are scientists that study mainly animals.

Anthrozoologists study the interaction between people and animals.

Archaeozoologists study the bones and shells of dead animals.

Palaeozoologists study fossil animals.

There are also specific animal professions when people only work with certain animals. Here are a few of them:

Arachnologists study arachnids, such as spiders and scorpions.

Cetologist study cetaceans, such as whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

Entomologists work with insects.

Entomologist that study only bees are apiologists.

Entomologists that study only beetles are coleopterologists.

Entomologists that study only flies are dipterologists.

Entomologists that study only bugs are hemipterologists.

Entomologists that study only termites are isopterologists.

Entomologists that study only butterflies and moths are called lepidopterologists. 

Entomologists that study only ants are called myrmecologists.

Entomologists that study only grasshoppers and locusts are called orthopterologists. 

Entomologists that study only vespids, such as wasps, are called vespologists. 

Herpetologists study reptiles and amphibians.

Herpetologists that study only amphibians, such as frogs and toads, are batrachologists.

Herpetologists that study only snakes are called ophiologists. 

Ichthyologists study fish.

Malacologists study shelled animals, called molluscs, such as snails, slugs, octopus, clams, and oysters.

Malacologists that study only snails are called conchologists. 

Mammalogists study mammals.

Mammologists that study primates, such as apes and monkeys, are called primatologists.

Nematologists study roundworms.

Ornithologists work with birds.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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