Name: Dr Peter Brooks Position: Senior lecturer in Chemistry, School of Science and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast Skill tips: All good scientists need to have a broad skills base, be open minded to inquiry with an eye for finer details and have a dogged determination in seeing the task through.
They can work for years researching complex problems that require team skills. The ability to collaborate with scientists from other fields is important so as to gain the evidence that will lead to informed and better decision making. Environmental science is a multi-discipline field with interactions between biology, botany, chemistry, ecology and mathematics.
A good environmental scientist has a passion for the environment, draw on diverse skills and adapt to new challenges. All environmentalists want to protect the environment – the scientist provides the proof that informs and drives change.
University environmental science degrees have a broad science base so graduating scientists understand how earth, water, air, plants and animals interact and how the big picture is dependent on all parts. Choices, diversity and specialisations develop as the degree progresses. Anyone considering a career in environmental science will require a good balance of passion and analytical thinking.