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Collection 30 April 2019
Top 100 in Ecology
Explore our most highly accessed* ecology articles in 2018. Featuring authors from around the World, these papers highlight valuable research within ecology from an international community.
*According to nature.com web analytics, covering January-December 2018
Multi-modal survey of Adélie penguin mega-colonies reveals the Danger Islands as a seabird hotspot
- Alex Borowicz
- Philip McDowall
- Heather J. Lynch
The evolution of fruit colour: phylogeny, abiotic factors and the role of mutualists
- Kim Valenta
- Urs Kalbitzer
Species Distribution Modelling: Contrasting presence-only models with plot abundance data
- Vitor H. F. Gomes
- Stéphanie D. IJff
- Hans ter Steege
Co-extinctions annihilate planetary life during extreme environmental change
- Giovanni Strona
- Corey J. A. Bradshaw
A specialized fungal parasite ( Massospora cicadina ) hijacks the sexual signals of periodical cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Magicicada )
- John R. Cooley
- David C. Marshall
- Kathy B. R. Hill
Light pollution is greatest within migration passage areas for nocturnally-migrating birds around the world
- Sergio A. Cabrera-Cruz
- Jaclyn A. Smolinsky
- Jeffrey J. Buler
Acceleration of phenological advance and warming with latitude over the past century
- Byron A. Steinman
- Michael E. Mann
Mitochondrial DNA is unsuitable to test for isolation by distance
- Peter R. Teske
- Tirupathi Rao Golla
- Luciano B. Beheregaray
Multi-species coexistence in Lotka-Volterra competitive systems with crowding effects
- Maica Krizna A. Gavina
- Takeru Tahara
- Jin Yoshimura
Environmental DNA filtration techniques affect recovered biodiversity
- Markus Majaneva
- Ola H. Diserud
- Torbjørn Ekrem
Reduced occupancy of hedgehogs ( Erinaceus europaeus ) in rural England and Wales: The influence of habitat and an asymmetric intra-guild predator
- Ben M. Williams
- Philip J. Baker
- Richard W. Yarnell
Controlling the impact of the managed honeybee on wild bees in protected areas
- Mickaël Henry
The influence of riverine barriers, climate, and topography on the biogeographic regionalization of Amazonian anurans
- Marcela Brasil de Castro Godinho
- Fernando Rodrigues da Silva
Medicinal value of sunflower pollen against bee pathogens
- Jonathan J. Giacomini
- Jessica Leslie
- Lynn S. Adler
Long-term response of forest productivity to climate change is mostly driven by change in tree species composition
- Xavier Morin
- Lorenz Fahse
- Harald Bugmann
Demonstration of the potential of environmental DNA as a tool for the detection of avian species
- Masayuki Ushio
- Koichi Murata
- Masaki Miya
Disequilibrium of fire-prone forests sets the stage for a rapid decline in conifer dominance during the 21 st century
- Josep M. Serra-Diaz
- Charles Maxwell
- Jonathan R. Thompson
Gymnosperms on the EDGE
- Félix Forest
- Justin Moat
- Sven Buerki
Climate Degradation and Extreme Icing Events Constrain Life in Cold-Adapted Mammals
Climate change is affecting mortality of weasels due to camouflage mismatch
- Kamal Atmeh
- Anna Andruszkiewicz
Genetic analyses favour an ancient and natural origin of elephants on Borneo
- Reeta Sharma
- Benoit Goossens
- Lounès Chikhi
Warning signals of biodiversity collapse across gradients of tropical forest loss
- Fabio de Oliveira Roque
- Jorge F. S. Menezes
- William F. Laurance
Future global productivity will be affected by plant trait response to climate
- Nima Madani
- John S. Kimball
- Steven W. Running
DNA-based identification reveals illegal trade of threatened shark species in a global elasmobranch conservation hotspot
- Leonardo Manir Feitosa
- Ana Paula Barbosa Martins
- Luís Fernando Carvalho-Costa
Partial migration in savanna elephant populations distributed across southern Africa
- Andrew Purdon
- Michael A. Mole
- Rudi J. van Aarde
Modeling the distributions of tegu lizards in native and potential invasive ranges
- Catherine S. Jarnevich
- Mark A. Hayes
- Robert N. Reed
Environmental DNA reveals quantitative patterns of fish biodiversity in large rivers despite its downstream transportation
- Didier Pont
- Mathieu Rocle
- Tony Dejean
A global mismatch in the protection of multiple marine biodiversity components and ecosystem services
- Martin Lindegren
- Ben G. Holt
- Carsten Rahbek
Combining fish and benthic communities into multiple regimes reveals complex reef dynamics
- Mary K. Donovan
- Alan M. Friedlander
- Kimberly A. Selkoe
Ocean acidification drives community shifts towards simplified non-calcified habitats in a subtropical−temperate transition zone
- Sylvain Agostini
- Ben P. Harvey
- Jason M. Hall-Spencer
Impact of the huge 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami on the phenotypes and genotypes of Japanese coastal threespine stickleback populations
- Manabu Kume
- Seiichi Mori
- Shotaro Nishida
Phenotypic plasticity vs. local adaptation in quantitative traits differences of Stipa grandis in semi-arid steppe, China
- Shao-bo Gao
Estimating wildlife activity curves: comparison of methods and sample size
- Marcus A. Lashley
- Michael V. Cove
- Chris E. Moorman
Grazing and climate effects on soil organic carbon concentration and particle-size association in northern grasslands
- Daniel B. Hewins
- Mark P. Lyseng
- Edward W. Bork
Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields impair the Cognitive and Motor Abilities of Honey Bees
- S. Shepherd
- M. A. P. Lima
- P. L. Newland
Toward reliable population estimates of wolves by combining spatial capture-recapture models and non-invasive DNA monitoring
- J. V. López-Bao
Altitudinal, temporal and trophic partitioning of flower-visitors in Alpine communities
- Vincent Lefebvre
- Claire Villemant
- Christophe Daugeron
Assessing cetacean surveys throughout the Mediterranean Sea: a gap analysis in environmental space
- Laura Mannocci
- Jason J. Roberts
- Joseph Vella
Integrated Population Modeling Provides the First Empirical Estimates of Vital Rates and Abundance for Polar Bears in the Chukchi Sea
- Eric V. Regehr
- Nathan J. Hostetter
- Sarah J. Converse
Climate change-driven range losses among bumblebee species are poised to accelerate
- Catherine Sirois-Delisle
- Jeremy T. Kerr
Effect of tropical forest disturbance on the competitive interactions within a diverse ant community
- Ross E. J. Gray
- Robert M. Ewers
- Richard J. Gill
Hydroacoustics as a tool to examine the effects of Marine Protected Areas and habitat type on marine fish communities
- J. P. Egerton
- A. F. Johnson
- O. Aburto-Oropeza
Social bees are fitter in more biodiverse environments
- Benjamin F. Kaluza
- Helen M. Wallace
- Sara D. Leonhardt
Development and worldwide use of non-lethal, and minimal population-level impact, protocols for the isolation of amphibian chytrid fungi
- Matthew C. Fisher
- Trenton W. J. Garner
Biophysical feedbacks mediate carbonate chemistry in coastal ecosystems across spatiotemporal gradients
- Nyssa J. Silbiger
- Cascade J. B. Sorte
Ocean sprawl facilitates dispersal and connectivity of protected species
- Lea-Anne Henry
- Claudia G. Mayorga-Adame
- J. Murray Roberts
Uniqueness of Protected Areas for Conservation Strategies in the European Union
- Samuel Hoffmann
- Carl Beierkuhnlein
- Alessandro Chiarucci
Fungal spore diversity reflects substrate-specific deposition challenges
- Sara Calhim
- Jacob Heilmann-Clausen
Asclepias Syriaca (Common Milkweed) flowering date shift in response to climate change
- Aaron F. Howard
Hotspots within a global biodiversity hotspot - areas of endemism are associated with high mountain ranges
- Jalil Noroozi
- Amir Talebi
- Gerald M. Schneeweiss
Genetic homogeneity of the invasive lionfish across the Northwestern Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico based on Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms
- R. Pérez-Portela
- M. F. Oleksiak
Genetic diversity and kelp forest vulnerability to climatic stress
- Thomas Wernberg
- Melinda A. Coleman
- Brendan P. Kelaher
Humpback whale migrations to Antarctic summer foraging grounds through the southwest Pacific Ocean
- V. Andrews-Goff
- M. C. Double
Distribution and the origin of invasive apple snails, Pomacea canaliculata and P. maculata (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae) in China
- Qian-Qian Yang
- Xiao-Ping Yu
Verification of Argentine ant defensive compounds and their behavioral effects on heterospecific competitors and conspecific nestmates
- Kevin F. Welzel
- Shao Hung Lee
- Dong-Hwan Choe
Epidemiological tracing of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans identifies widespread infection and associated mortalities in private amphibian collections
- Liam D. Fitzpatrick
- Frank Pasmans
- Andrew A. Cunningham
Artificial Light at Night Affects Emergence from a Refuge and Space Use in Guppies
- R. H. J. M. Kurvers
- J. Drägestein
- D. Bierbach
Evaluating the Contribution of North American Zoos and Aquariums to Endangered Species Recovery
- Judy P. Che-Castaldo
- Shelly A. Grow
- Lisa J. Faust
Northern protected areas will become important refuges for biodiversity tracking suitable climates
- Dominique Berteaux
- Marylène Ricard
- Sylvie de Blois
Effects of sampling effort on biodiversity patterns estimated from environmental DNA metabarcoding surveys
- Erin K. Grey
- Louis Bernatchez
- David M. Lodge
Novel crab predator causes marine ecosystem regime shift
- T. Wernberg
- H. Orav-Kotta
High carnivore population density highlights the conservation value of industrialised sites
- Daan J. E. Loock
- Samual T. Williams
- Lourens H. Swanepoel
A globally-distributed alien invasive species poses risks to United States imperiled species
- Meredith L. McClure
- Christopher L. Burdett
- Ryan S. Miller
Secondary forest regeneration benefits old-growth specialist bats in a fragmented tropical landscape
- Ricardo Rocha
- Otso Ovaskainen
- Christoph F. J. Meyer
Optimal swimming strategies and behavioral plasticity of oceanic whitetip sharks
- Yannis P. Papastamatiou
- Gil Iosilevskii
- Yuuki Y. Watanabe
Floral resource partitioning by individuals within generalised hoverfly pollination networks revealed by DNA metabarcoding
- Andrew Lucas
- Owen Bodger
- Natasha de Vere
Blue mussel shell shape plasticity and natural environments: a quantitative approach
- Luca Telesca
- Kati Michalek
- Elizabeth M. Harper
Sea surface temperature predicts the movements of an Arctic cetacean: the bowhead whale
- Philippine Chambault
- Christoffer Moesgaard Albertsen
- Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen
Species contributions to single biodiversity values under-estimate whole community contribution to a wider range of values to society
- Matthew Hiron
- Mark J. Whittingham
Enzootic frog pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Asian tropics reveals high ITS haplotype diversity and low prevalence
- Milind C. Mutnale
- Sachin Anand
- Karthikeyan Vasudevan
Species distribution model transferability and model grain size – finer may not always be better
- Syed Amir Manzoor
- Geoffrey Griffiths
- Martin Lukac
Homogenization and impoverishment of taxonomic and functional diversity of ants in Eucalyptus plantations
- Felipe Martello
- Francesco de Bello
- Carlos P. Carmona
A Nearctic-Neotropical Migratory Songbird’s Nesting Phenology and Clutch Size are Predictors of Accumulated Cyclone Energy
- Christopher M. Heckscher
Disclosing the double mutualist role of birds on Galápagos
- Jens M. Olesen
- Christian F. Damgaard
- Anna Traveset
Climatic niche divergence drives patterns of diversification and richness among mammal families
- Adrián Castro-Insua
- Carola Gómez-Rodríguez
- Andrés Baselga
Grassland ecosystem responses to climate change and human activities within the Three-River Headwaters region of China
- Xinliang Xu
Contrasting patterns of leaf trait variation among and within species during tropical dry forest succession in Costa Rica
- Géraldine Derroire
- Jennifer S. Powers
- John R. Healey
Sporadic nesting reveals long distance colonisation in the philopatric loggerhead sea turtle ( Caretta caretta )
- Carlos Carreras
- Marta Pascual
- Luis Cardona
Population genetic signatures of a climate change driven marine range extension
- Jorge E. Ramos
- Gretta T. Pecl
- Jan M. Strugnell
Cryptic population structure reveals low dispersal in Iberian wolves
- Pedro Silva
- José Vicente López-Bao
- Raquel Godinho
Contrasting phylogeographic pattern among Eudyptes penguins around the Southern Ocean
- M. J. Frugone
- J. A. Vianna
Socio-ecological dynamics of Caribbean coral reef ecosystems and conservation opinion propagation
- Vivek A. Thampi
- Madhur Anand
- Chris T. Bauch
Non-structural carbohydrates regulated by season and species in the subtropical monsoon broad-leaved evergreen forest of Yunnan Province, China
- Jianrong Su
- Xiaobo Huang
Female dispersion and sex ratios interact in the evolution of mating behavior: a computational model
- B. V. Gomes
- D. M. Guimarães
Scenario planning with linked land-sea models inform where forest conservation actions will promote coral reef resilience
- J. M. S. Delevaux
- S. D. Jupiter
On the wrong track: ocean acidification attracts larval fish to irrelevant environmental cues
- Tullio Rossi
- Jennifer C. A. Pistevos
- Ivan Nagelkerken
Metabarcoding of marine environmental DNA based on mitochondrial and nuclear genes
- Babett Günther
- Thomas Knebelsberger
- Pedro Martínez Arbizu
Using spatial mark-recapture for conservation monitoring of grizzly bear populations in Alberta
- John Boulanger
- Scott E. Nielsen
- Gordon B. Stenhouse
Climate Warming as a Possible Trigger of Keystone Mussel Population Decline in Oligotrophic Rivers at the Continental Scale
- Ivan N. Bolotov
- Alexander A. Makhrov
- Alexey A. Zotin
High-resolution GPS tracking reveals sex differences in migratory behaviour and stopover habitat use in the Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
- Jan M. Baert
- Eric W. M. Stienen
- Wendt Müller
Proximate mechanisms affecting seasonal differences in migration speed of avian species
- Heiko Schmaljohann
Repeatability and degree of territorial aggression differs among urban and rural great tits ( Parus major )
- Samuel I. Hardman
- Sarah Dalesman
Habitat degradation alters trophic pathways but not food chain length on shallow Caribbean coral reefs
- Piedad S. Morillo-Velarde
- Patricia Briones-Fourzán
- Enrique Lozano-Álvarez
Boat noise impacts risk assessment in a coral reef fish but effects depend on engine type
- Mark I. McCormick
- Bridie J. M. Allan
- Stephen D. Simpson
Barn swallows long-distance migration occurs between significantly temperature-correlated areas
- Mattia Pancerasa
- Roberto Ambrosini
- Renato Casagrandi
N -mixture models reliably estimate the abundance of small vertebrates
- Gentile Francesco Ficetola
- Benedetta Barzaghi
- Raoul Manenti
New universal ITS2 primers for high-resolution herbivory analyses using DNA metabarcoding in both tropical and temperate zones
- Rosemary J. Moorhouse-Gann
- Jenny C. Dunn
- William O. C. Symondson
Remotely-sensed productivity clusters capture global biodiversity patterns
- Nicholas C. Coops
- Sean P. Kearney
- Volker C. Radeloff
Searching for a compromise between biological and economic demands to protect vulnerable habitats
- M. Grazia Pennino
- Marie-Christine Rufener
- U. Rashid Sumaila
Hybrids of amphibian chytrid show high virulence in native hosts
- S. E. Greenspan
- C. Lambertini
- C. G. Becker
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Start-to-Finish Ecology Research Paper Writing Guide
An ecology research paper is academic writing based on an original scientific investigation on a particular ecological topic, analysis of gathered information, and interpretation of the research findings. Ecology research papers may focus on different aspects, such as biogeochemistry and ecosystem science, evolutionary patterns and processes, community ecology, organismal biology, population biology, and chemical ecology, and commonly researched areas, such as sustainability, conservation, and environment. Questions you should ask yourself before beginning the research paper investigation and writing process include:
- How do I begin the ecology research paper and what ecology topic do I choose?
- Where do I find information and what gaps exist in various ecology topics of interest?
- How do I formulate the research paper’s title and thesis statements?
- What form of scientific investigation do I need to use in my research paper and why?
This ecology research paper writing guide provides a step-by-step analysis of tips that help you respond to the above questions. Regardless of the requirements that should be followed when writing an ecology research paper, the first important element entails deciding what to research and write about. Therefore, identifying an ecology research paper topic is an important first step in the writing process.
Picking a Suitable Topic for Your Ecology Research Paper Writing
Topics that disinterest you and those that may not be too challenging contribute to loss of enthusiasm and diminish the efforts you may put towards researching and putting the research paper together. Therefore, choose topics that interest and challenge you to improve your attitude towards the topic and the research process. The following steps are essential when selecting research topics in ecology.
- Brainstorm for ideas. Generate topic ideas by exploring the strong opinions you have on current environmental issues such as sustainability, conservation, and environment. Try to remember recent topics or information acquired recently that piqued your interest in topics such as community ecology, ecosystem science, or population biology, among other ecology research areas. Other ways of brainstorming for ideas entail exploring issues that you are interested in knowing about, gaps in the literature that you can fill, and class aspects that need in-depth research and analysis.
- Research general background information. Scan through ecology journals, articles, and books for an overview of the research topic. Reading general information on various topics allows you to see how ideas relate and the scope of topics. Key research words can be sourced from the read articles and books.
- Focus on the topic. Once you have selected a probable topic, ensure it is manageable and that it is not too broad or too narrow. If it is too broad like “the environment,” limit the topic by defining a geographical area, population, time frame, culture, or a specific discipline in ecology. For instance, you can limit the topic “environment” by geography by focusing on the environmental impacts of industrial production in Quanzhou, China.
- Define the topic as a research question. Formulate questions about the topic to develop clear ideas on how to amend the topic by limiting or broadening the scope. For instance, if the topic idea is sustainability, the research question could be, “How has sustainability practices enhanced ecological agriculture?” A focused research question would be, “How has sustainability practices enhanced ecological agriculture in Japan?” Thus, a suitable research topic would be “The role of sustainable practices in enhancing ecological agriculture: a case analysis of Japan’s agricultural system.”
Viable ecology research paper topics are as follows:
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- Assessing the Impacts of Human Activities on Communities and the Ecosystem Function Across Spatial Scales;
- Predicted and Actual Effects and Ramifications of Land-Use and Climate Change on Biodiversity in Agricultural Settings;
- A Systematic Review of the Role of Species’ Physiological Limits in Improving the Precision of Ecological Niche Models;
- Analysis of The Neuroethology of Learning and Memory in Honeybees and Bumble Bees;
- Assess the Factors that Affect Bee Health.
Developing an Appropriate Thesis Statement for Your Ecology Research Paper
Your research paper should have a strong thesis statement that articulates the unifying theme of your paper. Depending on your chosen topic, the thesis statement could present an argument, provoke different thoughts, or describe ideas. The thesis should define what the research is about and guide the intended audience through your ideas to help make sense of your paper. The statement will minimize possibilities of you engaging in disconnected thoughts likely to lose the readers’ interest. When creating a thesis statement:
- Write in point form the topic and main ideas that should be discussed.
- Free write the essential thoughts you have about your paper.
- Make connections between the major points of your paper and highlight causes, applications, and implications of your arguments. In this case, ask yourself why you are writing the research paper.
Combine the above ideas into a sentence or two to come up with a thesis statement. The thesis statement should present a point of view that readers and other writers can agree or disagree with. Moreover, it should provide reasons for choosing specific viewpoints.
Additional Tips for Creating a Good Thesis Statement.
Begin the process with a question. As noted above, the answers you come up with from the question can become your thesis statement. For instance:
Question: What are the benefits of climate controlled storage? Answer: A major benefit of climate controlled storage is that it maintains a consistent temperature and protects artifacts from extreme temperatures.
Thus, the thesis statement can be, ‘Climate controlled storage units are important because they maintain a consistent temperature and protect artifacts from extreme temperatures.’ In addition, correlate your thesis statement to the type of research paper you are writing; that is, is your research argumentative, persuasive, or informative?
The Structure of an Ecology Research Paper
A scholarly research paper has six main sections, but the number of segments may vary depending on the topic, the purpose of the research paper, and its length. The sections include the title, the abstract, the introduction, the body, the conclusion, and the reference section. In most cases, the body section contains other sub-divisions such as methods, results, and discussion.
- Title of the Research Paper Different writing conventions have diverse requirements concerning how the title page of your research paper should appear. The common elements that cut across all conventions are the name of the author, the title of the research paper, and the assignment or the publication date.
- Abstract The abstract is a brief section of your research paper that describes your study, states its significant and major findings, and summarizes the major points. Although the section comes before the actual paper, it is appropriate to write it last.
- The objective of the research;
- Background information on the study topic;
- The significance of the research topic and the paper to the intended audience;
- Thesis statement, purpose statement, and an outline of the paper.
- Present relevant and current research that pertains to your ecology research topic.
- Provide evidence that supports your arguments objectively.
- Avoid drawing any conclusions regarding the research.
The body section can be written in prose with each paragraph presenting new ideas or theme and supporting evidence. In such a case, the outline for the body is as follows:
Paragraph 1: Main idea 1 Supporting evidence 1 Supporting evidence 2
Paragraph 2: Main idea 2 Supporting evidence 1 Supporting evidence 2
The noted outline can be used for all the major themes and ideas.
Other elements that should be incorporated in the body paragraphs include:
- A topic sentence: the topic sentence in each paragraph should organize and encapsulate the entire ideas and content of the paragraph. The sentence should appear at the beginning of the paragraph. The questions you should ask yourself when writing the topic sentence include:
- What will the paragraph discuss?
- Why did I choose to include the information I have?
- Why is this paragraph essential to the context of my thesis statement and arguments?
- What point am I trying to make?
If your topic sentence requires further elaboration, add one or two sentences that explain it.
- An introduction to your evidence. Research papers require students to incorporate evidence to support claims highlighted in the paragraphs and the research paper as a whole. The evidence may be in the form of quotes, figures, examples, and statistics. The evidence must be well integrated into the topic sentence, as well as your claim and opinions. In this case, you should ensure that the reader can transition from your opinions to evidence that supports your viewpoints.
- A concluding sentence. The concluding sentence acts as an element that reasserts how your paragraph contributes to the development of your claim and the research paper. It should also help in transitioning from the paragraph to the next.
- As noted earlier, some research papers are more elaborate and are based on the scientific method of inquiry. If your research paper is based on a purely scientific method of inquiry, your body section needs more than just paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting evidence. These types of research papers have other subsections, such as research methodology, results/findings, analysis, and discussion of findings.
A good conclusion should:
- Restate and not simply repeat your thesis statement;
- Offer summarized and synthesized findings of your research;
- State implications and recommendations for further study based on your study findings;
- Make sure not to introduce new content into the conclusion.
- Reference Section. The reference section highlights the literature cited. The references should be well articulated and in line with the appropriate formats as dictated by various writing conventions.
Post Writing Tips from Our Writers to Polish Up Your Ecology Research Paper
Proofreading your research paper is the major post writing activity you should engage in. You should review:
- Paragraph level issues, such as the sequencing of ideas, the presentation of topic sentences, the generalizations, the summaries, the use of transitions, and the presentation of evidence for your claims;
- Sentence level issues, such as the word choice, the sentence structure, the spelling, and the punctuation;
- Consistent use of a single system of documentation, appropriate citation of borrowed primary and secondary sources, and the accuracy of the works cited list.
The proofreading should be done hours or days later to promote objectivity.
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Ecology Paper Topics and Informative Sources to Choose for Any Paper Type
Human beings are the most intelligent and the most negligible creatures on this planet. We build rockets, discuss philosophical ideas, and use our brains to face the most unexpected life challenges.
However, we haven’t realized one simple thing yet. Our planet can survive without us. But if we don’t stop thoughtless consumption and pollution, Mother Earth will get rid of us with no regrets.
So, we should always remember this and build a more sustainable society. Check the ecology research topics, prepared by our essay writing service , and learn more about modern environmental issues!
At the end of the article, you’ll find the list of helpful sources for ecology papers and a link to an ecology lab report composed by one of our talented writers.
Human ecology essay topics
- The main aspects of physiological ecology.
- Regulation of social ecology in the classroom.
- Overconsumption and its consequences for ecology.
- Media ecology: origin, methods, and purposes.
- Ecology in Chinese mega-cities: are they safe for people?
- Define the term “agrarianism.” What are the main principles of this philosophy?
- An ecologically friendly restaurant business.
- How does fast food cause environmental problems?
- How can we make our houses sustainable?
- Are we a part of the ecological world or above it?
Marine ecology essay topics
- US environmental policy toward marine ecology.
- How can environmentalists protect sea turtles?
- The use of conservation ecology to help marine life.
- Environmental problems of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
- The ecology of Atlantic salmon.
- Different types of reefs and their formation.
- How do dead zones in seas form?
- Define the term “black smokers.” Why are they important for marine life?
Aquatic ecology research topics
- What does stream ecology study?
- An ecological phenomenon of salt marshes.
- Define the term “hydrologic cycle” and prove its importance for the ecosystem.
- Define the term “eutrophication” and analyze its main causes.
- Water ecology throughout the Caribbean: problems and consequences.
- Water consumption habits and their importance for ecology.
- Macroinvertebrate sampling in aquatic ecology.
- Stream morphology and diversity.
- Define the term “estuary ecology.”
Argumentative ecology topics for research papers
- Can volunteer organizations prevent an ecological catastrophe?
- Is ecology a governmental or individual responsibility?
- Should environmentally friendly behavior be taught at schools?
- Is it possible to completely abolish nonrenewable sources of energy?
- Should unoccupied ecological niches always be filled artificially?
- Can the deep ecology movement be considered a religion?
- Can consumerism be considered the gravest ecological problem?
- Are ecological problems covered enough in the news?
- Is the danger of irreversible damage by humans to the planet real?
- What are the most significant biochemical interactions between plants and animals?
Analytical ecology research paper topics
- Describe the main components of a gastric microbiota.
- Magnetotactic bacteria: ecology and evolution.
- Microbial metabolism and production in the ocean.
- The origin and application of social ecology.
- Ecological problems in the African savanna.
- The problem of non-indigenous species in Australia.
- How has the ecology of polar bears changed over the last 50 years?
- Sustainable agroecology in temperate ecosystems.
- The natural green effect and its ecological role.
- How can teachers improve the ecological thinking of their students?
- Direct and indirect values of biodiversity.
- How does the environment cope with toxins?
- Describe the population ecology principles in the example of the Siberian tiger.
- Richness of species in community ecology: comparison and measurement.
- Marketing strategies for environmentally friendly products.
- Why do many countries ignore critical environmental issues?
- Technologies for the treatment of hazardous wastes.
- Sources of air pollution.
Compare and contrast ecology research topics
- Compare and contrast the basic principles of the deep ecology movement and reformist environmentalism.
- Compare and contrast three types of symbiotic relationships.
- Compare and contrast the nitrogen cycle and the phosphorus cycle (producers, consumers, and decomposers).
- Compare and contrast equilibrium and opportunistic populations.
- Compare and contrast the littoral, limnetic, and benthic zones of a lake.
- What is a terrestrial ecosystem? Compare and contrast two terrestrial ecosystems.
- Compare and contrast a sustainable and nonsustainable society.
Ecology topics for definition essays
- Define the term “conservation biology.” What is the main purpose of this discipline?
- Define the term “factorial ecology.” What is the main tool of factorial ecology?
- Define the term “biodiversity.” Is it crucial for the environment?
- Define the term “biome.” What are seven biomes on Earth?
- Define the concept “tragedy of the commons.” How can we solve the problem of overconsumption?
- Define the term “mutualism.” Analyze three types of mutualism.
- Define the term “Columbian exchange.” How is it related to ecology?
- Define the term “ecological footprint.” How can it be measured?
- Define the term “eco-efficiency.” Is it possible to live a zero-waste life today?
- Define the term “sustainable manufacturing.” What are the main principles of sustainable manufacturing?
- What is preventive engineering strategy? Why is it important for industrial ecology?
- What is the competitive exclusion principle?
- Explain the concept of extinction debts. What mechanisms cause extinction debts?
- What are green roofs? How do they help to decrease the ecological footprint?
- The concept of metapopulation and its application in conservation ecology.
Cause and effect ecology paper topics
- Overharvesting and its impact on the environment.
- Does eradication of mosquitoes have negative environmental consequences?
- Climate change and its impact on the tundra.
- Does global warming cause migration of species?
- How do human activities cause an imbalance in biogeochemical cycling?
- The negative impact of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on plants.
- The main consequences of climate change.
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Useful sources for your essays on ecology research topics
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Re-emergence of the Glossy Ibis ( Plegadis falcinellus ) in inland South Korea
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80+ ecology research paper topics for any academic level.
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List of Ecology Research Paper Topics: 20 Top-Notch Ideas
- How invaders affect the evolution of soil fungal communities.
- Can volunteer organizations prevent an ecological catastrophe?
- The five reliable methods used to measure climate change worldwide.
- Describe changes in the polar bears’ ecology over the last 40 years.
- How can the means of decreasing the deforestation levels used in Indonesia be implemented in other countries?
- How is the ecosystem of your backyard different from the ecosystem of another person’s backyard ecosystem?
- How can we reduce the damage done by fracking to a minimum?
- How are diurnal and synoptic variations in stream biogeochemistry related to terrestrial processes and storm events?
- What measures should species-rich countries take concerning community ecology?
- The consequences of deforestation: can planting the new trees still help?
- Why do some countries ignore critical ecological and environmental issues?
- What are the predictions related to the melting of Greenland ice sheets and their effects on the world?
- Explain how rotting wood impacts the earth and people.
- The differences between the nitrogen cycle and the phosphorous cycle.
- Demographic shifts in eastern US forests increase the impact of late-season drought on forest growth.
- How does vegetative reproduction differ from sexual reproduction?
- Which are the new species discovered over the last year, and where?
- Characteristics and advantages of optimal foraging behavior.
- Significance of memory properties in prey choice decisions.
- Is the damage to the planet done by humans already irreversible?
20 Topics for Ecology Research Paper That’ll Work
- What is mutualism?
- Is ecology a dynamic science?
- Compare the two main cultures of ecology.
- Using technology to control greenhouses remotely.
- Discuss the major categories of mutualism.
- How environmental conditions affect leaf-level photosynthesis in four deciduous tree species.
- Discuss the effects of natural green and its role in an ecological system.
- How much do dust storms contribute to the high numbers of deaths related to outdoor air pollution in Europe?
- How are different types of manure good or bad?
- Stability of grazing systems: an application of predator-prey graphs.
- How the life cycles of migratory birds become attuned with the cycles of their target habitats.
- Overharvesting and its impact on the environment.
- How the green roofs operate, and why every house needs to have them.
- The growth of invasive plants in the backyard.
- The effect of acid rain on trees.
- The causes of variations in male mating strategies within species.
- The most effective sustainable energy source in 2022.
- What will happen to our planet in the course of 50 years?
- In your opinion, what is the biggest ecological threat?
15 Human Ecology Research Paper Topics
- Compare the problems that arise in urban areas compared to rural areas in the US.
- New technologies used in sustainable development and their consequences on the ecology.
- Social and environmental consequences of western civilization.
- The impact of tourism leakages on local economies: a case study of Nyanga District, Zimbabwe.
- The impact of air pollution on human health.
- Explain the balance in nature: who is regulating this dynamic stability, and how is it maintained?
- What are likely scientific ways to curb CO2 in the atmosphere other than the policies covering sustainable growth via the use of renewable resources?
- Landscape engineering impacts the long-term stability of agricultural populations.
- How analogous is cultural to genetic evolution?
- Macroevolution and the future.
- Perceptions of risks related to climate change in agroecosystems in a semi-arid region of Brazil.
- Are humans subject to group selection?
- Is culture maladaptive?
- How much of cultural evolution is functional?
- How stable is ecology in megacities in China?
10 Forest Ecology Research Paper Topics
- The national forest estate biodiversity index.
- Carbon storage and substitution benefits of harvested wood products.
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Are you looking for new ecology research topics? Indeed a terrific decision! Certainly, you are enhancing the odds of having a top grade by merely seeking to find the best ecological research topics.
We know that ecological research is not easy, and we also know that it can be a challenging challenge to write an ecological report.
Therefore, we’re here to help you with your environmental initiative or thesis. Also, the best way is to provide you with a list of original, interesting topics to do that. Any information about the easiest way to write the academic paper further down the page can also be found.
Why pick only the best ecology research topics?
Choosing ecology research topics can be challenging. Why? There is a great likelihood that your project in your class would be 90 percent close to at least one other project. Besides, your professor is tired of reading over and over again the same ideas for the ecological initiative.
Therefore we suggest that you spend as much time seeking fresh ideas for the ecological research topics. The subject of your paper should also be interesting, of course. Besides, it would be best if you get your professor’s attention. Also, make yourself punchy!
How to select appropriate ecology research topics?
Ecology research topics that disinterest you and others that might not be too complicated lead to a lack of motivation and minimize the energies you will put into studying and putting together the research paper. Thus, choose subjects that appeal and challenge you to enhance your attitude towards the subject and the research process.
Also, when choosing Ecology research topics, the following steps are fundamental –
Brainstorm for observations –
Exploring the strong views you have on current environmental concerns such as sustainability, conservation, and the environment, generates topic ideas. Recall recent topics or recently collected knowledge that has piqued your interest.
Furthermore, other brainstorming methods include discussing questions that you are interested in learning, holes in the literature that you can fill, and facets of the class that requires in-depth study and analysis.
General context information for analysis –
Scan for an overview of the subject through ecological papers, articles, and books. Also, it helps you see how ideas connect and the variety of subjects by reading general information. Also, main research terminology may be extracted from the papers and books that are read.
Emphasis on the subject matter –
Once a likely subject has been chosen, make sure it is manageable and not too wide or too small. If “the environment” is too broad, restrict the subject by specifying a geographical region, population, time frame, community, or a particular ecological discipline.
Defining the subject as a research issue –
To generate concrete ideas about changing the subject by restricting or broadening the scope, formulate questions about the subject. For example, if the subject concept is sustainability, the research question could be, “How did ecological agriculture strengthen sustainability practices?
Excellent ecology research topics –
So, below we have made a list of ecology research topics that are the most relevant for you and even for writing your research paper –
Research in Evolutionary Ecology –
You need one of the following ecological topics when you need to do extensive evolutionary ecology research and want to ensure that you get a top grade:
- Maternal structures: operational functions for the survival of offspring.
- Transcriptomic changes in plant species as they move from an aquatic habitat to a terrestrial habitat.
- How species have been discovered since ancient times?
- Defining population variation about the carnivorous population structure.
- The evolution of social complexity in humans. (One of the most challenging ecological subjects)
- What is the history of manure?
- What trends in eating habits have impacted our environment?
- The effect of invaders on communities of soil fungi.
- How is social ecology applied?
- Climate change’s impact on biodiversity (both natural and managed).
- Discuss the evolution in the ecology
- How marine ecology evolved over the past three decades?
- Reproductive isolation and morphological variation in the Hetaerina americana species
- Discuss the relationships between ecosystems, ecology and environment
- Discuss the different types of ecology with examples
Research in Evolutionary Ecology for Exam
- How is the local ecosystem is different from the global ecosystem?
- What do you mean by the molecular biology and their influence on the research?
- What is evolutionary ecology in biology?
- What are the topics covered in ecology?
- Discuss about Restoration and Conservation Ecology
- Beneficial interactions of microbes in plant health and plant biotic stress adaptation
- Evolutionary and ecological genetics of marine microbes
- Use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in earth, environmental and agriculture sciences
- Remote sensing and environmental informatics
- Molecular mechanisms of microbes
- Evolution of insect pests: the pattern of variations
- Compare and contrast molecular ecology and organismal ecology
- Molecular mechanisms and regulations of protein synthesis
- Population biology of infectious diseases
- Cross-immunity in the heterogeneous and homogeneous population dynamics
Research Essays on Environment
It’s not easy to write environmental and ecological research papers. You may find, however, that it is a very rewarding activity to research our environment. Therefore, for you, here are some interesting subjects:
- Climate change has affected the migration of the Monarch butterfly in three ways.
- Describe five major changes in the ecosystem of your area.
- How harnessing wind power can save resources?
- Discuss the indirect and direct biodiversity values
- Analyze the growth over five years of the black bear population.
- How can we reduce the damage done by fracking to a minimum?
- The principles of population ecology
- Major values of biodiversity
- What is sustainable agroecology?
- The five reliable methods used worldwide to measure climate change.
- Discuss the genomic basis of plant island syndrome in the giant daises of Darwin
- Discuss the relationship between environment and ecology
- What is called toxicology?
- Discuss the purpose and different types of toxicology with examples
- Introduction to Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology +
Environmental Research Essays Topics
- Discuss the methods of planning and assessment for sustainable agroforestry in semiarid and humid regions
- Compare and contrast between Population Ecology and Environmental Ecology
- Importance of coastal management
- Molecular Ecology: Discuss
- Importance of wildlife management
- What are the influence of Global Warming on Environment?
- What do you mean by human population as well as environment?
- Mercury: Environmental Concerns and Economic Value.
- Influence of Disposal of the Medical Wastes on Environmental Abstract
- Discuss the movement of particles across vegetation and the atmosphere
- Genetics and life-cycle of Drosophila melanogaster
- Interaction between the dormancy and dispersal strategies in heterogeneous and varying environments
- Detailed overview of Biogeochemical cycles
- Discuss the Biogeochemical cycles in rangeland soils and forest in the united states
- Urban Ecology
Themes of Human Ecology –
Interested in learning how the environment has been affected by humans? Also, would you like to shed light on some ecology research topics that we can relate to today? Choose any of the following topics in human ecology and get this A+:
- Discuss the different types of marine ecology
- Forest ecology: Divisions, Types, Scopes and management
- Are mega towns safe for individuals to live in?
- What is meant by agrarianism? Describe the philosophy of this.
- How and why does human activity impact glaciers?
- What is ecological physiology, and why is it relevant?
- Are humans above the world of ecology?
- Discuss the human social complexity evolution
- The challenges posed to our environment by fast food.
- How does it affect the environment through our overconsumption?
Experiment Ideas for Ecology –
It is always an excellent activity to conduct ecological experiments. You may not know what to experiment with, however. Hence, here are some ideas for ecological experiments that will certainly sound interesting to your teacher:
- What is the irreversible damage done to the earth by humans?
- Methods used by ecologists to protect marine species at risk.
- Discuss the different types of organisms living in a community
- Environmental Impact Assessment.
- Environmental Management.
- What are the elements in the human ecology?
- Discuss the different types of tRNA molecule
- How does aquatic life influence acid rain?
- Best technologies for treating hazardous wastes
- In your backyard, what kind of plants is growing?
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Project Ecology Ideas for College Students –
Do you need to write about something a bit more complex? Indeed, college professors are demanding more in-depth data. Also, they want dedication and originality to be seen. For college students, here are some ecological project ideas that you will surely appreciate:
- To measure the quality of tap water by using water plants.
- What is hydrogen peroxide doing to the roots of plants?
- What are the indirect and direct biodiversity values?
- Is Roundup (a weed killer) as successful as it is being advertised?
- In your backyard, find those invasive plants.
- Compare the effects of hurricanes and tornados
- Does the aquatic environment affect fertilizer?
- Discuss the behavioral ecology of birds and tropical animals
- How do organisms survive under extreme weather conditions?
- What strategies need to be applied to save endangered animals and birds?
- Analyzing the impact on the tundra of climate change.
- Explain the competitive exclusion principle. Include examples also.
- Here is how the green roofs operate and why every house needs to be on them.
- The differences between the nitrogen cycle and the phosphorous cycle.
- Key advantages of the natural green effect.
Topics in Ecology for Presentation –
Do you need to create a presentation for one of your ecological groups or a class? No problem, we can also assist you with this! Hence, here are some of the best ecological topics from our skilled academic writers for presentation:
- Can we eliminate non-renewable sources of energy? (one of the most pressing ecological problems)
- The environment liberates itself from toxins in three interesting ways.
- What is and is causing eutrophication?
- How do they form salt marshes?
- How do various kinds of reefs form?
- Discuss the diversity and functioning of an ecosystem
- What causes our seas to have dead zones?
- What is population variation with carnivores’ population structure?
- Define ecological footprint
- How does sleep facilitate evolution?
- The environment is being severely affected by our consumerism.
- Let’s have a gastric microbiota description.
- What causes new infections?
- The five major environmental problems that the African savanna faces.
Interesting Themes of Ecology –
Do you want to astonish your professor? Want to get extra originality bonus points also? Indeed it would help if you had our assistance. Therefore, here are some interesting environmental subjects that will catch the eye of your professor in 2021:
- The latest technology renders harmless hazardous waste.
- How does an earthquake compare with a tsunami?
- What is eco-efficiency?
- How have magnetotactic bacteria been evolving?
- Let’s define the ‘ecological footprint’ term.
- Compare and contrast any 3 terrestrial ecosystems
- How many bugs right now are under your feet?
- What is sustainable manufacturing?
- Discuss the major categories of mutualism
- How could each family save water?
- How can you make a restaurant environmentally friendly?
- How does a compost heap function?
- These days, how does one market an eco-friendly product?
- Three ways to make it more sustainable for your house.
Paper Topics on Ecology –
Would you like to write an outstanding essay but don’t want to spend too much time doing it? Yes, as long as the subject is interesting, you can write a great paper on a relatively simple topic. So, have a look at a few easy topics in the environmental paper:
- Define factorial ecology
- What is mutualism?
- Is the damage to the planet done by humans already irreversible?
- Describe the seven biomes on the planet
- How does discarded motor oil affect ecology?
- What causes an imbalance in biogeochemical cycle due to human activity?
- How can toxins be released from the environment?
- Examples should be used to describe the competitive exclusion principle.
- Are there any unfavorable effects on the ecosystem from the elimination of mosquitoes?
- the harmful effects on plants of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide.
- The principles of the deep ecology movement and reformist environmentalism are compared and contrasted.
- Describe the most significant biochemical interactions that occur between plants and animals.
- Can we entirely get rid of non-renewable energy sources?
- How can volunteer organizations avert an ecological catastrophe?
- Is there a significant ecological issue with consumerism?
Finally, a good list of ecology research topics and excellent use of the five-paragraph essay structure almost guarantee a good grade for you. But remember, you have to start early and concentrate on providing accurate, quality information. Finally, if you need any research paper help , do not hesitate to contact an academic writer.
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