Topic: Environmental Sustainability

For assignment familiarize yourself with Threatened Species, reflect on its effectiveness
in determining biodiversity trends, and discuss the implications of its findings.

  1. Take some time to explore species by taxonomy,
    location, habitat, threats, etc. The following page will appear:
  2. Choose TWO species (one from kingdom Animalia and one from kingdom Plantae) and find the following information
    about the species. Pick species for which you can find all of the information.
    • its scientific (must be italicized and first part capitalized) and common name
    • its current status (e.g. endangered, least concern, etc.) and what that status title means
    • its last assessment date
    • if it has changed status since on the list (and if so, what its previous status was) – if applicable
    • where in the world your species is found
    • the type of habitat it lives in
    • if the population is increasing/decreasing/stable
    • its major threats
    • any conservation efforts
    Summarize this information in a table and include as an appendix in your paper. Do NOT just copy the information
    from the website. You must rephrase the information in your own words where possible. *Make sure to include a
    reference, and use APA formatting when creating your table.
  3. Your three-page paper will reflect on the following questions:
    • After exploring the IUCN’s Red List website, what impression do you get about the state of species biodiversity
    globally? Why? Base you answer on your exploration of the Red List site. Support your statements. Give an
    example or two to help illustrate your points.
    • What are the implications of this state of species diversity (i.e. what does it mean for now and for the future?)?
    • What are some of the limitations of the Red List in determining the state of species diversity?
    • How might the Red List be used practically? Give a few examples.
    • How representative do you think the Red List is of the state of biodiversity globally (biodiversity as a whole)?
    Why? Justify your discussion. Your conclusion should be supported by appropriate sources and course material.
    Your paper should be written in third person, and a brief introduction and conclusion should be included. You may use
    headings throughout to help organize your paper. Do not include the questions in the paper; your paper should read as
    a discussion about the Red List.
    Assignment Specifications
    Your paper should adhere to the following specifications as well as those outlined above. Failure to follow these
    instructions will result in mark deductions. Please read carefully!
  4. Your reflection paper should be double-spaced with one inch margins and 12-point font (Times New Roman or
    Arial are acceptable font styles).
  5. Please include a title page with the following information: title of your paper, date, course, name of student, and
    student number.
  6. Number every page of the paper except your title page.
  7. Your paper should be approximately 3 pages in length (excluding your appendix, title page, references).
    Remember the appendix comes AFTER the references page.
  8. Use appropriate sources outside of the course material in your paper as needed. These can include journal
    articles, government reports or policies, news articles, non-governmental organization’s reports or research
    findings, etc. These must be credible and reputable sources. Wikipedia is NOT considered an acceptable source.
  9. All references in the paper must be cited appropriately and consistently. Please adhere to the following
    referencing style: APA. Please avoid the use of footnotes. Referencing guides for the above style are available
    through the Brock University Library website:

Type of service-Academic paper writing
Type of assignment-Coursework
Subject-Not defined
Pages / words-3 / 825
Number of sources-3
Academic level-Freshman (College 1st year)
Paper format-APA
Line spacing-Double
Language style-US English

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