While ecology and evolution might sound like very different and disconnected, they are actually very complimentary to each other. A study in ecology and evolution is where a person studies the relationship of living things to their environment and how it evolves over time. I was curious to know that such detailed subjects are taken up as a career by students. To understand how one can go about it and understand a bit more about the prospects in it, I connected with Vignesh a PhD from IISC (Indian Institute of Science)
Vignesh was first introduced to this subject while in college. He was studying BSc Life Science when he got attracted to ecology and evolution. He got a lot of information from his college and he also did a bit of research of his own before opting for a doctorate in this subject. Passion for the subject acted as a major guiding force when it came to career choice.
In these programs students study and understand diverse genes, cells, organisms, species and ecosystems that have evolved over time and how ecology affects them. This work relies heavily on research and also includes study in environment, environmental policy, chemical ecology etc.
According to Vignesh, for being successful in this highly research oriented subject being constantly curious about the nature world is an essential trait.
In today’s world when awareness about ecology, its effects on evolution and conservation efforts are at the forefront in every sphere of life, this is an exciting time to be in this field.
According to Vignesh the career prospects in this field are numerous right from research, teaching, science outreach to even environment planners and conservationists. The field has great prospects in any field that requires statistical expertise.
As this is a field that is unheard of, many parents might be hesitant in helping their child choose this as a career. Vignesh has a simple suggestion to parents contemplating this thought “Provide kids with the space to explore and be curious about the natural world. Then provide the space for your kids to logically deduce and connect facts that they observe and acquire from their observations.”
I was exposed to a completely different field after this and I hope you too have learnt a bit more about this unique career prospect.
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