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The effects of climate change on endangered species as your research topic

Many discussions have centered on how climate change affects people, but the impact on the animal world is also great. One animal casualty appears to be the small mammal species Bramble Cay melomys, found in Australia. The extinction of animals and the increase in endangered species are connected to human causes, dating back to the dodo.

Bramble Cay melomys, the first mammal to be killed off by human-caused climate change. (Credit: Queensland Government)

Bramble Cay melomys, the first mammal to be killed off by human-caused climate change. (Credit: Queensland Government)

Research paper topics to explore around this idea include looking back at extinctions in the past and showing the way humans have played a role in destroying animal life. Read more

Goodbye, black rhino; hello hammerhead shark

A Black Rhinoceros in Tanzania. (Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

A Black Rhinoceros in Tanzania. (Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

This past week, media outlets reported one animal moving from an endangered species to an extinct species, but another new species is discovered. While the latter news doesn’t reduce the sadness that many conservationists feel at the loss of the Western black rhinoceros, the introduction of the Carolina hammerhead shark – a much larger new species discovery than is typical – shows that genetically distinct species are still being uncovered by scientists. Looking for good research paper topics for your biology, zoology, or conservation courses? Consider looking at what conservation efforts could do to prevent losses of critically endangered species like the Western black rhino – or take a peek at how scientists are continuing to uncover secrets about distinct new species. Read more