Research Paper Instructions BIOL 215 Spring 2019 Description of Content: The content of this assignment will include information on life history and management considerations for an animal species. Life history includes information about the animal’s distribution, habitat, reproduction, survival/mortality, diet, life span, etc. (See attached list). Management considerations include management goals, management options appropriate for meeting those goals, and how life history information is/was/can be used to determine the appropriate management options. Length: The content of the paper will not exceed 5 pages in length. This does not include Literature Cited or tables and figures appropriate to the content of the paper. The challenge should not be in finding enough material to fill 5 pages, but rather, it should be in finding a way to efficiently condense the pertinent information into only 5 pages. Format: The paper will be written as if for submission to the Journal of Wildlife Management but without an abstract or key words. Because this paper is not structured like typical JWM papers, the major sections (1st –level headings) should be the introduction (no heading), LIFE HISTORY, MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS, and LITERATURE CITED. Any 2nd- or 3rd-level headings may be used at your discretion and might include examples like Distribution and Habitat, Reproduction, Diet, etc. Instructions for JWM are at http://wildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/TWSJournal-Guidelines-2018.pdf and posted on Canvas. Margins will be 1-inch on all sides, and spacing may either be 1.5 or double-spaced. References: Use as many references as you need, but at least 10 references must be used in this paper. At least six of those references must come from scientific journals (e.g., Journal of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Bulletin, Ecology, Journal of Mammalogy, Journal of Herpetology, Auk, etc.). They are the preferred reference type for this project. Any books cited should be of the type that summarizes and cites information from the scientific literature. Encyclopedias and websites are not appropriate references.
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