sea lion at Smithsonian zoo in DC , environmental science homework help

the website that should be use is the IUCN red list, the subject is the california sea lion, the main subject is about the baby sea lion at the zoo.

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 Do not quote these references; instead rewrite the ideas in your own words, while giving the original source credit.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 & predators

Research on topic is evident and appropriate

Natural history of the species sets up discussion of conservation and threats

Conservation: (10 points)

Current conservation status described

Historic and current distribution and numbers of in situ population explained

Status trends analyzed

Threats: (15 points)

Causes of species decline and threats to long-term survival in the wild are not simply listed but fully described

Threats to captive population effectively explained

Conclusions: (10 points)

Provides well-developed arguments about future chances for conservation (long-term survival) of species

Conclusions flow clearly from data presented in the rest of the paper

Main points are memorable and keep reader engaged through the end of the paper

References: (10 points)

Properly references at least 3 peer-reviewed sources & 1 website

All ideas not original to student are cited in-text

Citations and bibliography are properly formatted

Format and quality of the paper: (10 points)

Format: 1000 words, 12 pt, double-spaced with 1” margins.

Arguments are logical and supported with evidence

Presents well-developed analysis and synthesis

Grammar and composition

Overall quality of the paper.

Points for Final Paper

Out of 100

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