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Ecologists study environmental/biological systems, rather than just studying singular species or narrow fields. For example, a marine biologist may study humpback whales or a certain type of seaweed, but a marine ecologist studies entire marine systems, such as the ecology of a coral reef or the ecology of deep ocean...

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Ecologists study environmental/biological systems, rather than just studying singular species or narrow fields. For example, a marine biologist may study humpback whales or a certain type of seaweed, but a marine ecologist studies entire marine systems, such as the ecology of a coral reef or the ecology of deep ocean Pacific marine life.

Ecologists have been encouraging environmental/biological scientists for years to focus on broader systems, because understanding climate change and the degrading health of the planet means understanding broader ecological systems and how they are impacted as a whole. Ecologists are often better able to understand how diverse species interact with and depend on each other, and how harming even very specific parts of an ecosystem can harm and even destroy the entire ecosystem.

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