Science Report Writing--Methodology

Methodology

Begin this section by describing your general approach to your research questions—a field study in which you are collecting climate and soil data and Japanese beetle observations.

 

Points to include:

(1)  A description of your study site—GPS location, climate, geography, geology, ecology, land use patterns, etc.

  • Include in this section: maps of your “study area,” figures, tables, and / or photographs which help to visually characterize your site and data collection plots. 

 

See guidelines for the presentation of figures and tables in the “Project Notes” section below.

 

(2)  A detailed description of the life history of the Japanese beetle—timing of stages.

  • Include images of the beetle’s life cycle and/or images of the beetles at various life stages.
  • What is the known relationship between temperature and moisture conditions and the timing of the stages in the Japanese beetle life cycle?  (i.e. what is the relationship between climate—atmosphere and soil conditions—and the life cycle of the Japanese beetle?)

(3)  A description your research process. 

  • Take your reader through your step-by-step process of data collection and analysis. 
  • Include information regarding number and size of plots, data collection, and data analysis. 
  • For methods related to the LabQuest, discuss positioning of probes when collecting data (height, depth, orientation, etc.) and indicate that you used the LabQuest with specific probe to collect the data (you do not need to go through the step-by-step process used regarding the Unit itself).
  • Discuss your reasoning for collecting atmosphere and soil data.  How does this information relate to Japanese Beetles (adaptations, life cycle, etc.).