Writing in the Sciences Assignment #1: A Field Journal

Writing Assignment #1:  Scientists Writing for Themselves – A Field Journal  (5 – 6 pp.)

You are visiting the legendary Galapagos Archipelago, where Darwin’s observations and field notes lead to some of his most compelling studies on speciation. Select an indigenous bird, reptile or mammal to research, documenting its habitat and activity in the field, and recording information as three or four entries in a journal log. There are many good online “virtual tours” of the Galapagos that may help you to visualize the region. The journal, while intended primarily for your own use as a scientist, should be written in standard English.

Learning goals: Development of descriptive language, concise phrasing, and accurate recording of information


Charles Darwin, Journal of Researches
Ernst Mayr, What Evolution Is
Gould, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory

Informal writing assignments: Brief descriptions of place; stream-of-consciousness writing.

Posted in Present research within conventions of a particular genre

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