Environmental Assessment Project

To complete this assessment, you will have to do the following:

Preliminary Observations:

Please find the following two habitats in your area:

  1. ‘Wild’ Habitat, such as a lake, pond, swamp, marshland, forest that has been left alone by people in a ‘reasonable’ sense. in other words, it is an area that people may visit, but not modify.
  2. ‘Human Modified Habitat’such as a park, a landscaped garden, a golf course, etc.
  3. Describe each area in enough detail to acquaint the reader with a good image of each habitat. Photographs help.
  4. Find three kinds of plants, three kinds of animals, and three kinds of fungi in the wild habitat. Write down their names; common names are fine, such as squirrels, robins, oak trees, salamanders etc
  5. Try to find the same kinds of animals, plants and fungi in the human modified area. Write down what you found.

Applied Assessment:

From your findings, select one plant, animal, or fungus that you found on the “wild side” habitat that was not present on the human-modified side. For this species:

  1. Propose a hypothesis that explains the lack of success of the species in the modified environment.
  2. Design an experiment to test your hypothesis. Provide a detailed account of the materials and methods used to conduct the experiment. Also include the methods for data collection and analysis.
  3. Conduct a literature search to find studies that identify factors that contribute to the success of your species in the selected habitat. List those factors, and explain how they help the species survive.
  4. Conduct a literature search to find studies that identify factors that contribute to the lack of success of your species in the selected habitat. List those factors, and explain how they help the species survive. Discuss whether these factors support your hypoth
  5. Please attach a reference section and be sure to use the APA format.
  6. The general format is the same as that for option1.

Outline (1%) submit in assignment folder.

Your outline should include

  • a brief description of two habitats
  • what you expect to find in each one
  • specific research species of your choice
  • your expectations on reasons of presence and absence (hypothesis)
  • planned research
  • expected outcome(s)