The term "biologist" may suggest a person who didn't quite succeed as a specialist, for biology after all is not a single science but a series of related sciences, whose relationships are not always obvious. The small liberal arts college biology professor and some of the naturalists have probably come closest to the category of "biologist," although neither· has been customarily designated specifically as a "biologist." In the past two decades a small number of private entomologists, usually known as "consulting entomologists," have appeared and managed in most cases not much more than barely to exist financially. Recently the term "consulting biologist" was suggested for their profession, as the consulting entomologist often deals not only with insects, but with other animals, and plants as well. These professional biologists are truly "biologists," as their existence often depends upon their ability to adjust themselves to all phases of biology, which is not a small achievement today considering the vast expansion of many of the biological fields in recent years.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Semans, Frank M.
"The Professional Status of the Biologist,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 57(1), 499-503.
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