SC260 Introduction to Ecology
General Directions: Be sure to make an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth University for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English spelling and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be one (1) single-spaced page in length; refer to the “Assignment Format” page for specific format requirements.
Instructions: Write an essay using the guidelines below. You will need to find at least three (3) outside sources for this essay, but you may need more to demonstrate a thorough examination of the topic. Do NOT copy and paste from the sources; summarize, paraphrase, quote, and document your sources correctly. Use APA style to document your sources.
Background: Throughout the world, there are numerous environmental problems resulting from human population pressure on local natural resources. A large proportion of ecological research is dedicated to finding solutions to these issues.
Objectives: Upon completing this assignment, you should be able to describe in-depth an ecological issue, including at least two different perspectives, and how this issue is representative of other similar issues.
Procedure: Pick an ecological crisis anywhere in the world that has attracted significant attention. Explain the history of the event including how the situation reached a crisis point. Document as many sides of the situation as possible and include the resolution, if any was reached, of the crisis. If there was no resolution, speculate on how the crisis may be resolved in the future.
Example topics include the following:
4 Northern spotted owl habitat vs. logging interests in Pacific Northwest
4 Battle over water rights for farmers or wild fish in Southern Oregon
4 Fresh water use for development or conservation of the Everglades in South Florida
Your essay will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Thesis Statement and Introductory Paragraph – Give an indication of the importance of this topic. (10 points)
2. Body Paragraphs – Discuss the topic in your own words using at least three (3) published sources of information, cited correctly in the paragraphs as needed. Discuss the history of the event including how the situation reached a crisis point. Document as many sides of the situation as possible. Be sure to organize the information in a logical manner and discuss the topic completely. (70 points)
3. Concluding Paragraph – Include the resolution, if any was reached, of the crisis. If there was no resolution, speculate on how the crisis may be resolved in the future. (10 points)
4. Grammar, Mechanics, and Bibliography – Be sure to edit and proofread carefully. Also include an APA-formatted bibliography listing your sources. (10 points)
This is the end of Assignment 08.
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