short research paper about environmental science

You must write a very short research paper on how Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) might be negatively affected by one or more competing predators, such as bobcats (Lynx rufus)coyotes (Canis latrans), or other species, if applicable.  


-You can address direct competition between the species, competition for habitat, competition for food, etc.  For example, you could just focus on how Canada lynx and coyotes might be competing for lynx’s main prey, snowshoe hares.

-Make sure you look up the conservation status of lynx in the United States to understand why this matters, and mention it in your paper.

-To make sure you find information directly relevant to Canada lynx (usually just referred to as “lynx” for their common name) and the competing species you choose, search using the scientific names in quotation marks to make sure you find the right information.

Paper requirements:

-Minimum 1-page of text (not including reference page)

-List references on a second page (any reference format is okay)

-Use at least three (3) sources, at least one of which should be a scientific journal article.  Use UW libraries electronic search engine if you don’t know where else to do this (


-1-inch margins (which is usually NOT the default setting)

-Times New Roman size 12 font

-File format must be compatible with Microsoft Word, i.e. “.doc” or .docx”  (no pdf or other file type)

-Use facts.  Don’t make things up or you will not get credit.

-Grammar does not have to be perfect, but it needs to be readable.

-You will automatically receive a “no credit” for the class if you try to plagiarize.  All papers will be checked for plagiarism and for copying between students.

Try to follow the general format of:

1) Introduction & Statement of Problem paragraph

2) Main heading/idea of paragraph #2

     a. Supporting detail 1

     b. Supporting detail 2


3) Main heading/idea of paragraph #3

     a. Supporting detail 1

     b. Supporting detail 2


4) Main heading/idea of paragraph #4 (

     a. Supporting detail 1

     b. Supporting detail 2


5) Conclusions paragraph