Industrial Ecologists

What they do:

Apply principles and processes of natural ecosystems to develop models for efficient industrial systems. Use knowledge from the physical and social sciences to maximize effective use of natural resources in the production and use of goods and services. Examine societal issues and their relationship with both technical systems and the environment.

On the job, you would:

  • Investigate accidents affecting the environment to assess ecological impact.
  • Investigate the adaptability of various animal and plant species to changed environmental conditions.
  • Review industrial practices, such as the methods and materials used in construction or production, to identify potential liabilities and environmental hazards.
  • Research sources of pollution to determine environmental impact or to develop methods of pollution abatement or control.
  • Provide industrial managers with technical materials on environmental issues, regulatory guidelines, or compliance actions.
  • Plan or conduct studies of the ecological implications of historic or projected changes in industrial processes or development.
  • Plan or conduct field research on topics such as industrial production, industrial ecology, population ecology, and environmental production or sustainability.
  • Monitor the environmental impact of development activities, pollution, or land degradation.
  • Identify or develop strategies or methods to minimize the environmental impact of industrial production processes.
  • Investigate the impact of changed land management or land use practices on ecosystems.

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