Botanists study the biology of all types of plants to increase scientific knowledge and apply this knowledge in areas such as conservation and management of natural resources, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, medicine and biotechnology.
Duties & Tasks
Botanists may perform the following tasks:manage scientific collections of plant specimens
document and analyse plant biodiversity and the evolutionary origins of plants
investigate the effects of environmental factors such as rainfall, temperature, sunlight, soil, topography (surface features) and disease on plant growth
grow plants under controlled conditions to assess the significance of environmental and genetic variables
study the genetics of plants using biochemical and molecular techniques in a laboratory in order to determine the patterns of plant evolution
study the nature of plant chromosomes, cells and tissues
prepare scientific reports and papers
work with other scientists to develop medicines and other products from plants
search for and classify new species of plants
identify plant specimens and prepare handbooks for plant identification
use computers for information storage and analysis of data.
Botanists work in laboratories, offices and in the field, both alone and with other life scientists. They may work irregular hours and live in remote areas when carrying out research.par Botanists may carry out fieldwork to collect and document plant species and numbers in particular areas. They may also be approached to advise on environmental and management issues and possible courses of action.
interested in plants and research
strong analytical skills
aptitude for working with computers
enjoy working outdoors
able to work independently and as part of a team.