You will conduct a literature review to make sure you understand your chosen top

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You will conduct a literature review to make sure you understand your chosen topic and know what
work has already been conducted on this area of biology. From the information
you find you will develop a problem statement that will allow you to identify
hypotheses capable of being tested to answering your problem. In order to
answer your problem statement you will develop both a testable research
hypothesis and a null hypothesis.
The following are
merely suggestions. You are
welcome to use one of these or to come up with another topic.
Ecology
1. Choose a relatively “natural” or unaltered
area and an area that is modified for recreational or agricultural use. Stake out an equivalent area in each and
identify/record both number of species of plants, insects, animals, etc) and
the quantity of each. Compare these two
sites, and apply your findings to the relationship between habitat and
biodiversity.
2. Examine the relationship between water
availability and biodiversity in an ecosystem.
3. Examine
the relationship between water quality and biodiversity in an ecosystem.
4. Determine
whether competitive exclusion is occurring in specific area.
5. Examine
the process of plant succession in a series of areas.
Feel free to discuss other ideas with your
instructor!
Plant biology
1. Allelopathy
2. Examine
the effects of a pollutant OR temperature OR water availability on seed
germination.
3. Examine
the effects of a pollutant OR temperature OR water availability on plant
growth.
4. Test
whether certain plants are indicative of specific soil types.
Feel free to discuss other ideas with your
instructor!
Animal Biology
Note: You CANNOT use vertebrates in your study
unless it is indirectly (observation in wild/legal habitat such as a
zoo/through footprints or scat).
Vertebrates such as mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians are
regulated and there are many ethical considerations.
1. Evaluate biodiversity of insect larvae in soil
OR aquatic system(s) OR decaying logs, etc.
2. Identify
and evaluate quantity and diversity of animal prints in various
ecosystems. What does this tell you
about ecosystem characteristics and biodiversity?
3. Look
at correlation of fly larvae numbers and specific environmental conditions
(dry, moist, wet, hot, cool, etc)
Feel free to discuss other ideas with your
instructor!
Mycology
NOTE: Some fungi are poisonous or toxic. Therefore, use gloves when handling mushrooms
or other fungi in the wild.
1. Diversity of fungi in relation to different
environmental conditions (moist wood, dry sand, moist sand, etc)
2. Competitive
exclusion amongst fungi and plants

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