2004 Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica Pre-Course Presentation Topic Outlines

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The Pre-Course Costa Rica written assignments consist of two requirements. First, (1) you'll post an Pre-Course Outline of your Discussion Topic (See Costa Rica Topic Outlines Below). This outline will serve as the foundation for your five page Presentation Topic Paper. (2) Then, you'll post your pre-course presentation paper prior to the beginning of the course. Please feel free to browse...

Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica Pre-Course Presentation Topic Outline and Paper ENTRY FORM

--Costa Rica Pre-Course Outlines and Responses

--Costa Rica Pre-Course Web Posting Papers Your completed Pre-Course Presentation Topic Papers can be viewed here.

The Presentation Topic Outlines are shown below.

Peer Review is a fundamental component of doing science.To help make your discussion projects more scientifically sound, you are being called upon to put forward your topics and ideas as well as provide needed feedback to your fellow students.

For students selecting a discussion topic for Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica, INPUT YOUR TOPIC Outline or Completed Presentation Paper, and then review feedback here. Topics have to be approved by Dr. Cummins or Dr. Myers via this web feedback. Specific topics are first-come, first-served.

Posting Steps: Input Here

Post Pre-Course Discussion/Paper Topic Idea and Outline

Receive Feedback and Resubmit Revised Outline

Post Your complete Pre-Course Presentation Topic Paper

A Note from Your Fearless Leaders

Hello Costa Rica Ecology Folks!

We're looking forward to our course. As part of our course expectations, each student will present a twenty minute talk on a tropical ecosystem topic of your choice during the course. These presentations will be at lunch time or in the evenings. You may have as little as one day's notice!

To do a good job in your 15-20 minute presentation, you will need to hit the library and WWW well ahead of time. We will use the World Wide Web as our Discussion Feedback Central. You can see what other students are talking about and I would expect that you would submit suggestions on other peoples topics as well! In the selection of a topic, besides submitting a title, include a synopsis of your discussion topic. What do you plan on teaching the class? Why do you feel your topic is important? Include an outline of your talk and at least 5 references! I will provide feedback(everyone is welcome to contribute suggestions) via the web.

The time line for completion is:

-By Mar 15, 2004. Topic Selection, Paragraph, Outline, and Sources. First-Come, First-Served!

-April 15, 2004. Final Submission: Rewrite after having received feedback.

-May 15, 2004. Final Paper Posting. A five page paper on your discussion topic.

Topics can include, but are not restricted to, anything related to tropical ecology. Some topic ideas include land use, agriculture, climate change, climate in the tropics, conservation, plants (epiphytes, emergent trees, palms, understory plants); processes (predation in tropical rain forests, competition, nutrient cycling, mutualism), hydroelectric power, conservation, plate tectonics and volcanism in the Neotropics, indigenous peoples, coral reefs in Costa Rica, mangrove ecosystems, deforestation, species loss, or specfic species or family studies on reptiles, amphibians, birds, or other specific organisms (e.g., monkeys, bats, sloths, lizards, parrots, fresh water fish, mollusks, butterflies and moths) or other topics addressing biodiversity and sustainability (the national park system, economy and sustainability in Costa Rica, soil types, cattle ranching, the timber industry, environmentalism, medicinal plants). Let your interests lead the way. Do not be constrained by these suggestions! Look at what other students have talked about in previous years. To "prime" your discussion, you may wish to provide readings in advance to the class.

Let us know if we can help in any way. And, if you haven't done so yet, check out the Trop Ecosystems of Costa Rica Image Web Page. You'll get a taste of what's in store!

Hays and Chris

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