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This guide will help you begin the research process in EVST 230 by providing guidance in finding, evaluating, and using a variety of information sources available through Armacost Library collections and beyond.

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Your Assignment Individual Paper (Project): 100 points

You will pick a specific example of a conservation effort that has been or will be (in your opinion) successful in combating biodiversity decline OR a location in which biodiversity conservation is important. You will document:

  • what conservation efforts are in place
  • what works, what doesn’t work, and why
  • what actions you would recommend to maintain or improve conservation methods.


Be specific and creative!! Look for solutions outside the current bounds of your topic. Some examples of suitable topics include:

  • a specific management plan for an endangered or threatened species
  • a multiple species habitat conservation plan
  • conservation plans for preserves (Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Preserve, Catalina Island, San Jacinto State Park, etc.)
  • a Nature Conservancy purchase and management plan for species conservation
  • designation of a protected area
  • an action plan geared toward solving another environmental problem that resulted in biodiversity conservation.


This paper should be 5-7 pages in length (text) and must include a literature cited section, or bibliography with at least five citations that are not websites without date AND author (journal articles, interviews, lay literature on your topic, etc.). The topic (instructor approved) is due September 9. The annotated bibliography is due September 16. The paper is due September 28. (Check your syllabus for these due dates.)

Your Assignment Group Project: 150 points

You will be required to participate in a group project.  You will write a proposal for the conservation of biodiversity.  Developing the proposal will involve:

  • research 
  • possibly fieldwork
  • writing
  • an oral presentation to the class 

Written Proposal: 100 of the 150 points
Oral Presentation: 50 points 

You are expected to use skills gained from lab exercises (hypothesis formulation, study design, data collection techniques, data analysis and scientific writing) to make the Group Project product as professional and scientific as possible.  Assignments to groups and specific guidelines will be outlined before mid-semester (approximately October 20).  Group Proposals are due and will be presented on dates noted in the syllabus. 

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