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Research guide for student projects in Conservation Biology

Project Proposal and Report

Project proposals should include background information:

  1. Why is the project important?  Include a literature review e that documents why the project is important.  What do we already know about the species, habitats and policies you are working with?
  2. Who are the stakeholders?  Who cares about this species/habitat? Why do they care?  (For instance, conservation, hunting, agricultural pest control, wildlife watching, etc...)
  3. What policy applies? At what levels of government does management happen? (international, federal, state, county, city/municipal, etc...) What government agencies manage this species/habitat?
  4. What has been done so far?  What organizations, researchers or government agencies did the work?

Project reports  use original data from the project, but will probably refer to the background information you gathered as well.

Ask a Librarian

To make your research more efficient and effective, ask a librarian for help developing a research strategy.

  • Find background information
  • Do a scholarly literature review
  • Find relevant government information about policy, laws, regulations and legal issues.
  • Get information from citizen groups and other stakeholders
  • Use strategies to focus on a geographic area.  Make a list of relevant geographical names.  Use newspapers, citizen groups and government sources.

Amy Brunvand is usually available for consultation appointments M-F, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sustainability Office, Suite #50, BUC

Please call or e-mail to schedule an appointment.

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Suite #50, BUC
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