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Quiz: Name That Academic Field, Smartypants.
by Staff
The "ologies" are coming! The "ologies" are coming! Academic disciplines such as anthropology, biology, paleontology and many others all cover specific intellectual subjects. Can you pick which "ology" matches the questions in our quiz?

What field of study researches humankind?

  • archaeology
  • anthropology
  • anatomy

This academic field attempts to answer questions about ancient peoples by studying their fertility, movement and mortality patterns.

  • paleopathology
  • paleontology
  • paleodemography

These scientists work on questions related to inland waters.

  • entomologists
  • limnologists
  • oceanographers

This academic discipline focuses on old tropical hurricane activity.

  • paleocycology
  • paleotempestology
  • paleogygrology

If you study the effects of cold temperatures on living creatures, you're a what?

  • cryobiologist
  • endothermologist
  • very mean person

You'd study this if you wanted to specialize in a field that would let you research ancient and modern spores and pollen.

  • paleobiology
  • palynology
  • paleobotany

In this field, scientists closely study the factors that affect the health of populations.

  • epidemiology
  • ethology
  • bioinformatics

Trees hold many keys to our planet's environmental past. What kind of scientist uses trees to understand more about historical climatic conditions?

  • dendroclimatologist
  • xyloclimatologist
  • boreaclimatologist

These scientists research plant diseases.

  • phytopathologists
  • boreaclimatologists
  • parasitologists

Occupying armies sometimes avail themselves of the expertise of these scientists to learn more about natives in the hopes of increasing security and safety for both civilians and soldiers.

  • anthropologists
  • geologists
  • paleoecologists

The work of finding and identifying animal remains from archaeological excavation sites is the primary focus of this kind of scientist.

  • archaeologist
  • paleobotanist
  • paleozoologist

In this pursuit, scientists study the development and potential future for life all over the universe.

  • astrobiology
  • exobiology
  • bioastronomy
  • all of the above

If you specialize in one of the two main types of soil science, you're studying what?

  • fieliology
  • edaphology
  • agrarapology

People who want to dedicate their research to the geologic history of ocean biology, sedimentation, chemistry and related subjects engage in this field.

  • paleoseaology
  • paleoceanography
  • paleowaterography

In order to study diseases and their development intensively, you'd pick this field.

  • pathobiology
  • pharmacology
  • parasitology

Examining the life cycle and structure of mushrooms would make you this kind of scientist.

  • mycologist
  • fungalologist
  • fungiologist

This is a field of study that might work toward stopping the spread of the herpes virus.

  • virology
  • pharmacology
  • herpetology

This kind of scientist might combine knowledge of ancient material artifacts and DNA evidence from human remains to help reconstruct a prehistoric society.

  • archaeologist
  • bioarchaeologist
  • evolutionary biologist

You want to know everything there is to know about land masses and the way they change, so you choose to study this subject.

  • structural geology
  • geomorphology
  • geophysics

If you research microscopic organisms, you are most likely a what?

  • virologist
  • microbiologist
  • molecular biologist