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Honors Biology - BIOL1027: Ecology & Evolution - Breakout 4

Project Information

Hello Class,

I've attached the powerpoint from Thursday's class below.

For your portion of the project, you need to find information about the distribution, habitat requirements, and adaptations of your redlisted organism. Most importantly, you need to consider how these factors into why your organism is threatened. You can find some of this information on reliable websites such as those listed below. You also need to find at least one peer-reviewed article to provide scientific evidence for these claims.

Additionally, you will create a phylogenetic tree (remember the tiger paper?) for your organism using PhyloT - see directions below.

I will hold virtual office hours this week on Wednesday (11/17) from 9-10 AM and 1-2 PM as well as Friday from 9-11. You can find me at the following link: If those times aren't convenient for you, please email me directly and we will find a time that works for both of us.



Powerpoint for Breakout Session #4

What is a peer-reviewed article?

You must find at least one peer-reviewed research article related to the ecology and evolution of your organism. In a few cases, research is scarce on your topic. In those instances, it is okay to find an article about a closely related organism (ideally in the same genus  or family). Watch the video below to learn more about peer-reviewed articles.

Where do I find peer-reviewed articles?

The Library has hundreds of databases that contain information in particular subject areas, including Biology. For this project, I recommend trying Web of Science. It includes top-tier journals within a variety of scientific subdisciplines and includes specialized features to make your life as a researcher a little bit easier. For example, you can easily view abstracts, track articles that have cited an article, and link to articles cited by an article. The filtering options on the left allow you to search within your results, limit to a particular subject area, narrow to a time period, and more.

One thing that's a little bit different about searching a database compared to Google Scholar is that it is built on Boolean searching (using the operators AND/OR/NOT). This requires you to think more carefully about which words you use for your searches rather than typing in phrases. See below for more information on Boolean searching.

Boolean operators

AND only returns search results that contain both keywords

OR returns results that include either keyword

NOT excludes one or more of your keywords

General Web Resources for Background Information

What are my responsibilities for this section?


For this portion of the assignment, you will construct a phylogenetic tree for your organism, showing its relationships to other organisms. You can choose anything you want, so feel free to be creative! I chose humans, a mushroom, an orchid, a fern, mosquitoes, and COVID-19. Here's a quick tutorial:

Type in the name of your organism into the Search NCBI Taxonomy box. Click the appropriate link and it should be added to the NCBI Tree Elements box.

Now start adding more species, then select VISUALIZE IN iTOL below. You should have something that looks like the image below. Save it as an image and add it to your webpage.