A nematologist specifically studies nematodes and their interaction with plants. Nematodes are microscopic roundworms that can transmit diseases and/or attack soil, water and insects. Nematologists develop methods and apparatuses for securing representative soil samples containing nematodes, as well as for isolating, mounting, counting and identifying specimens.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?:
- Develop methods for securing soil samples containing nematodes
- Develop apparatuses for identifying specimens
- Investigate pest management and control measures
- Develop microbial nematicide products
- Determine the mode (method) of action of nematicides
- Monitor literature and maintain academic and industry contacts
- Contribute to the writing of patents, grants and collaborative research agreements
- Maintain an accurate and up-to-date account of experimental results
- Maintain a high level of scientific skills and knowledge
- Supervise lab assistants and interns
- Provide expertise and research learnings about nematodes to farmers
- Look at potential nematode-resistant genes
Recommended High School Courses:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, horticulture, mathematics, biology, chemistry and environmental sciences.
A variety of undergraduate degrees are acceptable for a future as a nematologist, including biology, entomology or ecology.