Spring 2011






A conservation project defined, researched, and written by you. Projects are expected to involve extensive review of library resources, interviews with locally available experts, reflection, and synthesis. Projects that involve Service-Learning are strongly encouraged. Such projects include those that provide data and/or ideas to government agencies, NGOs, or local groups. Projects that involve teams of individuals are also strongly encouraged -- here each individual is solely responsible for a portion of a greater project that offers important insights or data for the local community. Projects should be based on the central Susquehanna River Valley region or on the region of your home.


Final project report -- 12-15 pages (maximum), typed and single-spaced. Format as for publication in the journal Conservation Biology. See "Instructions to Authors" on the Conservation Biology journal web site. All information must be clearly and accurately referenced. Alternative end products of these projects might include a feature article written for a local newspaper or video-tape documentary. Paper must be submitted to SafeAssign via Blackboard.

Instructions to Authors:

Reports should be typed, single-spaced with no more than 1-inch margins, on standard-size paper (8.5 x 11 inches; back-to back printing is encouraged to save paper). Ragged right margins only. Print must be in upper- and lower-case letters, and of laser quality; footnotes should be avoided. Metric measurements must be given unless English measurement are clearly more appropriate. Statistical terms and other measures are to conform with the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual. Avoid the use of acronyms in the text unless they are absolutely necessary. Pages, including tables, should be numbered.

The first page should include the title of the paper, the author’s name, department, Bucknell University, and date. The Abstract should begin on the same page, immediately following the previous information.


Each paper should have an abstract of no more than 300 words. The abstract should state concisely the goals, methods, principal results, and major conclusions of the paper. Incomplete and uninformative descriptions (e.g., "a new method of analysis was given", or "results are discussed") should not be in the abstract. Acronyms are not permitted in the abstract.

Citations, Tables, and Illustrations:

Literature citations in the text should be as follows: (Buckley & Buckley 1980; Pacey 1983). Abstracts and unpublished manuscripts may not be cited. For abbreviations and additional details consult the BIOSIS List of Serials, the CBE Style Manual, and recent issues of Conservation Biology. Tables should not duplicate any material in the text or illustrations, information source should be clearly cited. All tables are to have complete but brief headings, should be numbered consecutively within the text.

Illustrations and photographs should be merged into the text. Photographs (no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches) should be sharp prints. Lettering should be uniform among the figures.


Ideas for Projects:

Local Land-Use & Planning:

Impacts of an Agricultural Landscape:

Environmental Threats:

Forest Management & Resource Use:

Human Impacts on Land & Waterways:

Population Viability Analysis (PVA) of Locally Vulnerable, Threatened, or Endangered Species: