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Biogeographers study the distribution of plants and animals within a given environment and explain how and why they exist where they do. Professionals working within this specialist field often complete post-graduate study within an area of interest such as habitats of endangered animals or distribution of a particular plant species used in medicine. Biogeographers may find employment in the following areas:
- Zoos and aquariums
- Government and non-government environmental protection and conservation agencies
- Research laboratories
- The agricultural industry, particularly fishing
Historical biogeography is a subset of this discipline which seeks to explain biogeographical patterns in a historical context and how they are affected by long-term phenomenon such as climate change and continental drift.