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Your Questions About How To Discover New Species

Richard asks…

What job travels into remote areas to find and discover new species of plants?

I love going out, camping, hiking, and backpacking and enjoying the fauna. I would love to travel around and find new species of plants to be studied for its uses in our society, while learning about the earth and the plant life. I’ve been looking into it on my own and all I get is a botanist, but nothing specific. What career goes out and finds new species? also if you could give me an idea of what I need to do to get into this field and what I should be expecting on a daily basis.

New Niche Finder answers:

First, you are going to need a whole lot of education. You will want to get a Ph.d. In biology. Once you do, you can teach for part of the year at a university or college and do research in the Amazon another part of the year. Otherwise, you may be able to get a job with a pharmaceutical company that is developing drugs to treat various diseases.

The link below is to the U.S. Government Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook. This will give you information on salary and prospects for employment.

William asks…

what is the name of this job and what qualifications would you need? and how well paid is it?

What is the name of job for a person that looks at the ways animals live, discovers new species etc..
What qualifications would you need for this job and is it well paid or what is an average wage?

New Niche Finder answers:

It’s a zoologist.
To do that job, you would have to study Biology and to specialize in Zoology.
The degree usually takes 4 years.
I am a bit negative about average wage: it’s hard to find a job in that sector and wages are pretty low.

I hope it helps

Robert asks…

Are aliens watching us and waiting for us to evolve out of our superstitious phase?

You see, they can’t interfere with our evolution – that would be a violation of their constitution. Each time they discover an intelligent species, they must watch and wait to see what technology each race comes up with on their own. Sometimes a race will come up with technology the advanced aliens themselves never dreamed of and this is why they cannot interfere with our progress from dumb animals to intelligent beings. What do you think?

New Niche Finder answers:

You see, I think that the whole concept of “aliens as unfeeling super-scientist/anthropologists” is all played out.

I think it would be a much more interesting story if aliens arrived on earth carrying their alien “Bible” in one tentacle and a flaming laser sword in the other tentacle.

I mean, what if aliens had their own alien religion that drove them to conquer other worlds and bring their “true faith” to savages like us? What if they leveled our cathedrals, mosques, and temples and built shrines to Cthulhu on the same ground??

I see no reason to believe that real aliens wouldn’t be prone to the same kinds of motivations that motivated humans during the age of empires.

Nancy asks…

Is there a career where you work with marine life?

I really want to do something with the oceans when i grow up. I really wanna like discover new ocean species and help protect ocean life. Is there any career, other than marine biologist, that deals with this stuff?

New Niche Finder answers:

Ecologist, veterinarian, conservationist. >Maybe< Zoologist with a Marine concentration. But, Marine Biologist is going to be your primary major, potentially with a conservation or practical application subdiscipline.

Steven asks…

A researcher has discovered that a certain species of mosquito has a mean lifespan of 18 days, with a standard?

A researcher has discovered that a certain species of mosquito has a mean lifespan of 18 days, with a standard deviation of 2.5 days. He begins an experiment with 10,000 mosquitos. How many mosquitoes will still be alive at day 18?

New Niche Finder answers:

ANSWER: 5,000 mosquitos are alive at day 18

Normal Distribution with Mean of 18 days states proportion 0.500 (50%) are below the Mean and 0.500 are above the Mean

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