Assignment 16907

The paper is an investigation of the species you are conducting your behavioral study on at the Zoo. Such an analysis should cover a wide range of topics about the biology and history of the species as well as an evaluation of the species’ current conservation status.
Be aware, you are writing a short paper that represents a summary of the literature research you conduct on the species. It is extremely unlikely you will be able to present everything you have learned within a 1000 word limit. Rather, your goal is to educate the reader about the species you studied and the reasons it may require special conservation efforts.
Your paper must include the following sections:
1.Introduction to your species
2.Biology and ecology of the species – including food habits, reproduction, habitat preferences, competitors and predators
3.Current conservation status – including current distribution of species and estimates of numbers. Include information on captive population and captive propagation, if applicable.
4.Causes of declines and/or threats to survival
The paper may not exceed 1000 words of text; the parenthetical citation and bibliography are not included in this count. The body of the paper should be double-spaced with 1 inch margins and 12 point font.
You must reference at least three peer-reviewed articles (primary sources) and one quality website in your paper. The source of any idea presented in your paper that is not original to you must be cited within the text. Do not quote these references; instead rewrite the ideas in your own words, while giving the original source credit. References in the text should be cited (Author’s last name, year). Where multiple references are used, citations should be given in chronological order and separated by a semi-colon. For publications with multiple authors (three or more), do not list all of the authors names, instead use et al.
Alphabetize the references in your bibliography by the last name of the first author. Single-space each reference and leave a blank line between the references. References should follow the format of the journal Biological Conservation, examples shown below:
Reference to a journal publication: Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J.A.J., Lupton, R.A., 2010. The art of writing a scientific article. J. Sci. Commun. 163, 51–59. Reference to a book: Strunk Jr., W., White, E.B., 2000. The Elements of Style, fourth ed. Longman, New York. Reference to a chapter in an edited book: Mettam, G.R., Adams, L.B., 2009. How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: Jones, B.S., Smith , R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281–304.
If figures and/or tables are included in your paper, they should be presented at the end of your paper. Any figures and/or tables used should be referenced in the text (ie. Fig. 1; Table 1). All tables and figures should have a legend. Tables should be numbered and the legend should appear above the table. Figure legends also should be numbered accordingly and the legend should appear below the figure. The source of the data presented in the figure or table should be given below the figure.
Due dates:
The paper (100 points) is due on 10/28 by 11:59pm
Grading rubric:
Endangered Species Study
Points Earned:
Introduction: (5 points) Effectively engages audience about species and creates a desire to read the paper
Objectives are clearly identified/described
Outlines direction of the paper
Biology: (40 points) Biology and ecology of species clearly explained, including (but not limited to) diet, reproduction, habitat, competitors