Botany vs. Conservation Science

Photographer - Eddie Fisher

Photographer – Eddie Fisher


Botanists study plants for a variety of purposes including improving quality of life for both plant life and humans. Research by these scientists improves pharmaceutical medicines along with food and food products. These scientists also research natural fibers and building materials from trees and plants. Botanists’ work falls in many areas including Conservation, Environmental Protection and Public Health.

Some Botanists are also called Plant Biologists and they work within a wide area of concentration. Some Ecology Botanists concentrate on interactions of plants with their environment including animals and humans. Many Botanists perform fieldwork searching and discovering new species of plants. Other Botanists or Plant Biologists research and analyze the structure of plants. Many Botanists perform experiments to discover minute details of plants and how plants convert from simple compounds to complex chemicals.

Careers in Botany include Ecologist, Conservationist and Foresters. Other careers in Botany include work involving Biophysics, Developmental Botany, Genetics. Microbiology or Mycology are other areas that work with Botany.

Other areas that Botanist work with include:
Ornamental Horticulture, Plant Biochemist, Plant Physiologist, Molecular Biologist or Chemo Taxonomist, Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology.

 Conservation Scientists

Conservation Scientists work to research, understand and implement ecologically safe relationships between nature and humans and manage natural resources while balancing human needs and activities regarding land and ownership. These scientists work with a ‘big picture” viewpoint of a variety of factors affecting natural environments working closely with and advising crop landowners, farmers and property owners ensuring natural land preservation meets their needs.

There are three major areas of concentrations Conservation Scientists are employed within:

They protect and manage forests, grasslands, wetlands and even desert areas in the United States. Other titles in the concentration include Range Managers, Range Scientists, or Range Ecologists.
These scientists assist in developing and implementing effective strategies for land preservation while assisting to balance the needs of property owners along with the least impact to soil health.
Water Conservationists research, test and ensure water supplies are free from pollution and contaminants.

C. W. Wilson

More information including working environments and best educational options for Botanists and Conservationists.

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