BIOS 6150: ECOLOGY
Review Paper Information

Dr Stephen B. Malcolm

 

Please submit a review paper with some relevance to the course theme of “The logistic equation in ecology: history, uses and abuses.”  This paper should follow the style and content of papers in the journal Ecology (published by the Ecological Society of America http://www.esa.org/) and it should be single spaced, 12pt font (either Times/Times Roman or Helvetica/Arial) and at least 10 pages long, excluding the Literature Cited and any tables and figures and their legends that you may use (see http://esapubs.org/esapubs/AuthorInstructions.htm for Instructions to Authors).  This review paper must be handed in for review no later than Wednesday, 22 March 2017.  Of course you are very welcome to hand it in earlier and I strongly encourage you to discuss the structure and content of your paper with me.  I will then provide you with my review and recommendation as to whether it should be accepted or revised.  Based on this review you should then revise your paper and resubmit it by Wednesday, 12 April 2017 as your final submission.

 

This paper will be marked critically as though you were submitting it for publication.  As a former editor of an international journal I will use the same criteria for judging your paper.  It should be readable, grammatically correct (also use a spelling checker) and must be word-processed.  The source of figures used must be fully acknowledged and plagiarism must be avoided absolutely (any evidence of plagiarism will result in a score of zero).  You may make this review very general with an emphasis on history, or mathematics, or biological concepts; or you may focus on a single problem or phenomenon. 

 

For example, if you have a biomedical interest you may wish to compare the use of the Michaelis-Menten-Holling equation for the description of enzyme kinetics with its use to describe the foraging behavior of predators, parasites or herbivores, and subsequent incorporation into the logistic relationship.  Or you may wish to focus on the disease dynamics of HIV infections, or the dynamics of medfly populations in California, or how to describe whale populations, or the dynamics of harvested fish populations, or model moose-wolf interactions on Isle Royale, or lynx-grouse-hare interactions in Northern Canada, or assess the impact of Bt corn pollen on monarch butterfly populations in the field, or discuss whether populations actually show density-dependent, logistic limitation, etc.

 

Citations and sources of information should focus on primary sources and must be cited as having been read (do not cite sources that you have not seen).  Secondary and tertiary sources (e.g. web or magazine sources) may be used but must not predominate.

 

 

 

Grading rubric for the review paper is as follows:

 

 

Criterion

First submission

Final submission

(1) Content and presentation (general overview)

20 points

20 points

(2) Structure (hypotheses, logic of organization, significance of argument)

30 points

30 points

(3) Interest (use of sources, innovative arguments, use of figures)

20 points

20 points

(4) Relevance of topic to the logistic equation

20 points

20 points

(5) References

10 points

10 points

Total

100 points

100 points

 

If you would like to see two examples of well written review papers from recent iterations of this class please click on either or both of the following for pdfs:

1)    Kate Block, “The Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis: Theoretical Underpinnings, Validity and Applications to North American Grasslands.”

2)    Ben Slager, “Modeling butterfly metapopulations: Does the logistic equation accurately model metapopulation dynamics?”