Biology

isc 102 Term Paper Guidelines (Fall 2018)

• Papers have to be individual since grades will be individual. • Minimum 8 pages, maximum 10 pages, plus references (as for the presentation, at least

2-3 should be from the primary scientific literature). • Double-spaced, Times New Roman (size 12 font); Arial or Helvitica (size 11 font). • May include a few (properly referenced) images or diagrams, but do not pad length with

excessive images. • References in the body of your text should use the (Author, Year) format. If there are

more than two authors, use ‘et. al.’ Examples:

One possibility is that Nefertiti was the immediate successor to Akhenaten (Allen, 1988). Sequences were aligned using the BLAST software (Altschul et. al., 1990)

References: Allen, J. P. (1998). Two Altered Inscriptions of the Late Amarna Period. J. Am.

Res. Center in Egypt, 25, 117-126. Altschul, S. F., Gish, W., Miller, W., Myers, E. W., and Lipman, D. J. (1990). Basic

local alignment search tool. J Mol Biol 215, 403–410. doi:10.1016/S0022- 2836(05)80360-2.

• Please refer to the APA style guide for formatting your reference list:

http://www.easybib.com/reference/guide/apa/general • Plagiarism – presenting someone else’s ideas as your own, either verbatim or recast in

your own words – is a serious academic offense with serious consequences. Please familiarize yourself with the discussion of plagiarism in SCampus in Part B, Section 11, “Behavior Violating University Standards” policy.usc.edu/scampus-part-b.

We have provided a list of suggested topics below, but please feel free to research another area of Human-Environment interactions that interests you. You will need to get TA approval for your proposed topic by the week of October 1st.

Suggested Topics: 1. Ecotourism 14. Invasive Species 2. Recycling 15. Reforestation 3. Alternate energy in the future 16. Importance of biodiversity 4. Green Architecture 17. Ocean Acidification 5. Marine Protected Areas 18. Genetically modified foods 6. Endangered species act 19. Collapse of fisheries and coral reefs 7. Whaling 20. Air pollution around the 710 Freeway 8. Wildfires 9. Geoengineering to mitigate global warming 10. Effects of Sonar systems on Marine Mammals 11. Melting permafrost and real estate values in Alaska 12. Natural service provided by Wetland 13. Malibu lagoon restoration controversy

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