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