Poultry scientist

Poultry scientists use biology and chemistry to improve and manage the production and management of poultry for human consumption. They research the growth, development, physiology, genetics, nutrition, behaviour, and breeding of domesticated birds. They often work in laboratories but some poultry scientists work directly with flocks. They design feeding programs and new poultry products. They may assess individual birds to determine if they are fit for market and when diseases arise, they work with veterinarians to resolve issues and preserve the flock.

Attributes: organised, creative and committed

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Polar scientist

Polar science helps to inform the sustainable use of resources and to protect the planet. It includes many different types of research in the polar regions. Glaciologists study the ice in the polar regions. Space physicists study how space interacts with the upper atmosphere using lasers. Atmospheric scientists look for pollution, ozone and other changes to the atmosphere. Marine or terrestrial biologists study life in the polar regions, while oceanographers study the seas and oceans. Geologists study the rocks and sediments in the polar regions to understand the climate in the past. Meteorologists study the links between the polar atmosphere and changes in global weather.

Attributes: passionate, creative and open-minded.

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Forensic genetics researcher

Forensic genetics researchers work with DNA. They work in medical or crime laboratories using genetic samples to help identify crime victims, perpetrators or family relationships. Forensic genetics researchers develop and use new methods to help analyse crime scene evidence.

Attributes: observant, self-motivated and hard-working

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Deep sea ecologist

Deep sea ecologists study the habitats, populations and interactions between marine organisms. They are interested in the living things and non-living physical and chemical factors that affect an organism in it’s deep sea environment. A deep sea ecologist may study the impact of human activity such as medical research, agriculture, fisheries, and forestry on an organism as well as the affects of geology, geography, meteorology, chemistry and physics on deep sea environments.

Attributes: curious, committed, observant

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Biogeochemistry is the study of how the Earth’s systems (water, atmosphere, land and living things) interact with each other. Biogeochemists are particularly interested in the way carbon and nitrogen interact with other substances and organisms as they move through the Earth’s atmosphere.  Studying these processes helps biogeochemists understand how life formed, evolved and is threatened on our planet, and how chemical cycles regulate Earth’s climate and environment.

Attributes: passionate, resilient, collaborative

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Atmospheric scientist

Atmospheric scientists study the atmosphere of our planet. They may study the weather and make predictions for future weather, but differ from meteorologists as they study the past, present and future impacts of large weather systems on the Earth along with smaller impacts on biological life. Atmospheric scientists may study and analyse air quality to assess the impact of this on the environment and public health. They collect data to produce computer models to predict the impacts of the atmosphere on the planet in the future.

Attributes: creative, observant and passionate

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A Photochemist investigates the chemical effects of light.  Photochemistry is a chemical reaction caused by absorption of ultraviolet, visible light or infrared radiation or a reaction that produces light. Photochemists may be interested in spectroscopy- splitting up light into it’s different colours to find out about the properties of the object being studied. They may be interested in photosynthesis, the way a plant generates energy from light. They may also study animals who use bioluminescence to signal to other animals or to lure prey.

Attributes: observant, curious, communicator

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Water quality scientist

Water quality scientists ensure water quality standards for safe drinking water are met. They test and analyse water samples and ensure these meet the water quality standards. They may specialise in working with drinking water, ground water or surface water including rivers, lakes and estuaries.  Water quality scientists may need to work closely with businesses, the public or other water industry professionals.

Attributes: communicator, logical, observant

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Water Treatment – Year 9/10

Worksheet to support year 9/10 learning, on water treatment and filtration.