ENV BIOL 1002 Ecological Issues- diversity mean for local plant



You will describe the sampling undertaken in small groups during the urban greenspace field trip and present a visual representation of the results obtained in a poster format. Interpretation of the differences observed between sites will use your knowledge of the various impacts of urbanization on Australia environment and ecology. You should read again, and carefully, your notes from the field trip and related lectures. 

Your poster should address the following questions:

1. Is there any difference in the number of invertebrate observed for areas of different greenspace complexity?

2. What might differences in invertebrate numbers and diversity mean for local predator species?

3. What might differences in invertebrate numbers and diversity mean for local plant species?

Note; that a significant component of the rubric is for presentation, and that the poster must be produced in such a way that not only educates, but also catches the eye and is enjoyable and easy to read. Your poster should include the following sections: 

a) Title

Your title should be clear, concise and informative; accurately describing the focus of the poster. However, it is also important to ensure that your title is interesting, and likely to attract a reader.

b) Introduction and Background

Here you should state the purpose of the study and point out why it is important. You should also provide background information that explains the purpose of the study (e.g.: assessing the broad impacts of extensive urbanization on Australia’s environment, flora and fauna, etc.). Introduce the threats in a way that brings your audience with you through the process of understanding why we they need to be addressed.

c) Methods

Briefly describe the sampling techniques applied. Diagrams can be very helpful in communicating methods on a poster in a way that does not require large amounts of text.

d) Results    

This section should include presentation of the results of the study in an easily digested format. Graphs of the results that match the colour scheme of your poster and are explained clearly and concisely in an appropriate figure legend are a great way to communicate complex findings with an audience.

e) Discussion

This is the place to interpret your results (without re-stating them) in biological terms. What mechanisms produced the observed results?  Is there any result that does not agree with your expectations? Why?  Is there any new hypothesis that arises from the results obtained? Did the results reflect, in your view, any limitation of the sampling performed? Are there any new studies that should be conducted?  The Discussion has to go beyond the Introduction, showing the new understanding (or new perplexities!) generated by the study. 

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