A nematologist specifically studies nematodes (microscopic roundworms that can transmit diseases and/or attack soil, water and insects) and their interaction with plants. Nematologists develop methods and apparatuses (tools and equipment) for securing representative soil samples containing nematodes. They then isolate, mount, count and identify specimens. A nematologist will contribute to all aspects of experiments including planning, execution, analysis and reporting.

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 method of action of nematicides
  • Monitor literature and maintain academic and industry contacts
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of industry developments and research
  • Contribute to writing patents, grants and collaborative research agreements
  • Maintain an accurate 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
  • Generate and clearly present summaries of technical results

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • plant science
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • environmental science

Education/Training Required:

A Ph.D. in nematology, biology, plant pathology, entomology or a related area is required. Some associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees may be acceptable for entry-level or non-management positions.

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