I would like to believe that all the folks in my lab, myself included, could call ourselves "scientific naturalists," be both proud of our adopted title and live up to its expectations.
Our research centers on a mechanistic understanding of organism natural history with foci on exploring species interactions in different ecological contexts, examining the factors that influence the demography and distribution of vertebrate populations and applying this information to conserve species and their habitats. As field biologists we work in a variety of locales and employ various techniques. We work mostly with carnivores and their mammalian prey, but only because these are taxa I am familiar with. We've also studied other vertebrates including fish, herps, and birds.
For more information, take a look at my Publications and see what our current graduate students are doing.
Dr. Gary W. Roemer
Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology
PO Box 30003, MSC 4901
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003
I think of a scientific naturalist as a person with a deep and broad familiarity with one or more groups of organisms or ecological communities, who can draw on her knowledge of systematics, distribution, life histories, behavior, and perhaps physiology and morphology to inspire ideas, to evaluate hypotheses, to intelligently design research with an awareness of organisms' special peculiarities. Even more, perhaps, he is the person who is inexhaustibly fascinated by biological diversity, and who does not view organisms merely as models, or vehicles for theory but, rather, as the raison d'être for biological investigation, as the Ding an sich, the thing in itself, that excites our admiration and our desire for knowledge, understanding, and preservation."
D. Futuyma. 1998. The American Naturalist 151:1-6.