Independent Project Rubric Individual Projects – EBIO 3190, Tropical Marine

Independent Project Rubric

Individual Projects – EBIO 3190, Tropical Marine Ecology

(20% of Total Grade)

These individual projects will focus on the current challenges the ocean is facing, from changing conditions based on anthropogenic (human-based) challenges. The goal of this project is to gain a wide breadth of knowledge about the overall issues, and then take an in-depth look at one chosen issue.

Reading Assignment and Summary: 20% of grade 

Please read the Special Report on “Impacts of Humans on the Marine Environment”. Students are required to write a summary of the above reading that is half a page (250 words max). This will account for 20% of the project grade.

From these reading sections, you may choose a topic for your individual project from the list below, or come up with your own topic based on what you have read and what you are interested in.

Potential Topics:

  1. Pollution & Microplastics
  2. Changing Temperatures & Bleaching
  3. Ocean Acidification
  4. Coastal Development
  5. Algal Blooms
  6. Noise Pollution
  7. Offshore Development
  8. Illegal / Unregulated / Overfishing
  9. Abandoned Fishing Equipment
  10. Habitat Destruction
  11. Sea Level Rise
  12. Tourism

*Or come up with your own topic! (subject to approval)

References: 30% of grade 

Students are required to utilize 5 original peer-reviewed sources.  Each source should be summarized in 200 words or less, and the original documents should be provided to the instructor via PDF. A document should also be provided with the 5 references in MLA format. A guide for MLA format can be found on Canvas.

Paper: 50% of grade 

Each paper should contain the following content:

  1. Source/history of the challenge – how did it begin / what provoked it?
  2. Evolution of the problem – how has it changed / worsened / improved over time?
  3. Damage done / potential damage of the challenge – what resulted from the issue?
  4. Research on the challenge – brief overview of studies surrounding the issue.
  5. Solutions / advancements to ameliorate the issue

Papers should be no more than 3 pages double spaced (no more than 750 words). Please use Times New Roman size 12 font and 1” margins.


Grades will be broken down as follows:

20% Summary of textbook material

30% Use of primary literature (5 sources) and reference document

50% Paper content – must include the 5 topics listed above

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