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Pursuing Tropical Biology
By suvajyoti on April 7, 2010
This branch of biology deals with the studying of organisms found in tropical regions of the world. It also deals with the conserving and the study of the effect of human acts like population explosion, cutting down of trees and global warming on these organisms.
Thus, tropical biology is the study of the biotic factors in a tropical ecosystem. Tropical biology is also described as a science with a mission of studying and conserving the rich flora and fauna of the tropical regions.
To pursue career as a tropical biologist, one needs to be interested in the various fields of science like botany the study of plants, zoology the study of animals and the very basics of biology. One should be thorough with the basics involved in these sciences to be able to pursue tropical biology as a career. The scope for the field is immense as there are many tropical areas on the earth which are very less studied and there are equally less people opting to study them.
The course for tropical biology is offered by a number of institutes around the world. They offer a masters degree in the course. You need to pursue a graduation or equivalent degree in the related field of science. The subjects involved in the course are climate, biogeography, animal diversity, plant diversity, human impact on the tropical regions and conservation efforts taken in the region.
Specialization is offered to the students pursuing masters in tropical biology. One can choose from and specialize in any one of the subjects offered at this level. Lot of material is available in the field of tropical biology to study from. In many institutes, the course includes a semester on the field, in which you actually work in a tropical region and gain on field experience about the topic.
The place chosen for field work is well equipped with laboratories and study material for the students studying there. After the field work, the students return to the institute to write up regarding their research and experiences. These are shared with the other students in the institute and displayed for everybody.