What is an Ichthyologist?
Ichthyology is the scientific study of different aspects of various fish species, including history, behavior, growth patterns, and their place in the ecosystems.
Ichthyologists dedicate their time to studying different kinds of fish species, though many will focus on one family of fish in particular. They generally focus on the biological history, behavior, growth patterns, and ecological importance of these fish. Most Ichthyologists will go into the field to collect various samples or observe fish behavior, before returning to a lab or office to analyze their collected data. If funded by a university, many of these scientists may be required to teach in addition to their other duties. Some of these scientists may also dedicate their time to educating others about the field and advocating for the importance of fish to ecosystems.