Independent Project Proposal Requirements
The instructors of BIO 182LS would like to announce a call for independent research proposals that examine any aspect of aquatic ecology. Proposals are due by Friday, October 14th at noon. Please deposit your proposal in DROPitTOme box on the website with the title "LASTNAME.PROPOSAL"
You may choose to submit your proposal through either
The Ecosystem Studies Program supports investigations of whole-system ecological processes and relationships across a diversity of spatial and temporal (including paleo) scales in order to advance understanding of: 1) material and energy fluxes and transformations within and among ecosystems, 2) the relationships between structure, including complexity, and functioning of ecosystems, 3) ecosystem dynamics and trajectories of ecosystem development through time, and 4) linkages among ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales.
The Ecology Program supports studies of interspecific interactions and species diversity at diverse spatial and temporal scales. These include, but are not limited to, (1) food-web structure and trophic dynamics, (2) biotic interactions, including mutualism, competition, predation and parasitism, (3) mechanisms of coexistence, community assembly and the maintenance of species diversity, (4) co-evolution and (5) landscape ecology, habitat fragmentation and macroecology. Ecology particularly encourages studies that can be applied to a wide range of habitats and taxa across multiple scales.
Observational and manipulative approaches in field, mesocosm, and laboratory settings are supported, with the expectation that the research, whether hypothesis- or discovery-driven, have a strong conceptual foundation.
Successful proposals will:
- State a motivating question of broad general interest placed within the context of exisiting knowledge available through the peer reviewed literature.
- Carefully list the hypotheses or predictions to be tested
- Provide a well thought out and reasonable methodology for testing the stated hypotheses/predictions. Wherever possible standard methods should be used and cited appropriately.
- Include a detailed timeline for the research project.
Proposals should be no more than 5 pages of text (including figures or tables). A bibliography of cited references should be included as a separate file. All proposals should be submitted as MS Word documents in Times New Roman 11pt font with 1” margins.
A separate list of necessary supplies and analyses should be submitted together with the proposal.
Proposals will be reviewed by both instructors and by 2 fellow students using the attached review form.