Guidelines for final papers

Your final project will be a 15-20 page (double-spaced) paper.  I have approved your paper that will be either a research proposal (typical) or a literature review.  The main requirement is that it explores the relevance of ecology to conservation.  I should say that I am somewhat flexible as to the format.  My main objective is that you deeply explore one aspect of conservation biology.

A proposal should be written as if for a funding organization that has interest in applications of basic research.  If it is not called for in the guidelines that you are looking at, there should be a specific section in the proposal on how your research will apply to conservation.  You may write a proposal that is related to your thesis or dissertation; however, I do not want to receive a copy of something that you’ve already written previously.  Here are some guidelines for some possible funding sources.  Even if the funding source is not a perfect match, you are welcome to use their guidelines and then just adapt them to your specific, conservation related proposal.  Again, I'm happy to add other links as they are suggested.  Having read your abstracts, my main advice is to make sure and think as broadly as possible about the implications and applicationns of your work.

USDA: Ecosystems Panel  (23.1, Ecosystem Management.  Guidlines are in PART III--PREPARATION OF AN APPLICATION)

NSF  (see the Division of Environmental Biology for types of research NSF supports)

SERDP (for work on military lands).  Instructions will provide instructions for grant writing.  Statement Of Need will tell about the types of things they are looking for (look under the Conservation section).

A review could be on any topic that has relevance to conservation.  The only requirements for a review are that the topic has not not been recently reviewed in the literature, and and that it should be written as if it will be submitted to a major journal that relates to conservation biology.  If you choose this approach, I recommend that you take a look at a journal that relates to your area of interest, and find a recent review paper to model your own paper after.   Successful reviews that I have read typically include one graph or table that help to summarize the major findings of your review.  Here are links to a few journals, where you can find guidelines to authors, and in some cases access to the journal.  I'm happy to add other links as they are suggested.

Ecological Applications  [articles available online]
Conservation Biology   [articles available online]
Journal of Wildlife Management [articles available online]