“The transplantation of species by humans has occurred throughout history to the point where most people are unable to distinguish between the native and exotic species living in their lands” (Wright, 2011).
An invasive species (can be a plant or animal) is a species that is introduced to an area, whether accidentally or on purpose, that can severely disrupt native species in a given ecosystem. When allowed to proliferate, they can kill off indigenous plant or animal life, causing whole natural habitats to change. Project One will explore invasive species and the consequences of their introduction and presence in non-native ecosystems.
INSTRUCTIONS: Choose an invasive species (plant or animal) to research. Describe the invasive species in detail. Provide background on the species and its native environment. Describe the non-native ecosystem in which the invasive species is found.
Some questions to think about: Where did the species originate? What are the species’ defining characteristics? Does it have any natural predators? Where has the invasive species spread? How was it introduced to the non-native environment? What are the consequences/rewards of the invasive species inhabiting the new environment? What kind of impacts has the invasive species had on the non-native ecosystem? What effects has it had on other wildlife and the biodiversity of the ecosystem? Humans? The economy?
Helpful websites for getting started and choosing a species:
National Invasive Species Information Center: http://www.invasivespecies.gov/ (Links to an external site.)
Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health: http://www.invasive.org (Links to an external site.)
How to write an A+ Research Paper: http://www.aresearchguide.com/1steps.html (Links to an external site.)
Paper length: 3 pages, double-spaced (not including ‘works cited’ or ‘reference’ page), 12-point font, 1 inch margins, .doc or .docx format
Total score: 100 points
Additional notes: The TurnItIn program will analyze each paper submitted for plagiarism. The paper must include an introduction, thesis statement and conclusion. I expect your thoughts to be clear, organized and in a logical order. No more than two quoted sentences may be used in the paper. Use good paragraph form with none too long/short.
Cite your references: APA (https://www.library.cornell.edu/research/citation/apa (Links to an external site.)) or MLA style (https://www.library.cornell.edu/research/citation/mla (Links to an external site.)) including in-text citations and a works cited using formal citations. If you need help with citations or in-text citation forms, please see me or the TA.
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