Science Report Writing--Results

Results

In this section, present the data you have collected.  The results section is always the driest part of a scientific paper--it is here that the data collected is presented, but not analyzed, interpreted, or discussed.  Your written description of the data you collected and the analyses you performed will be accompanied by tables and figures which highlight your observations.

(1) Describe the environmental conditions you observed.  Describe atmospheric conditions and patterns of temperature and moisture in the soil (trends as you move from the surface soils downward through the soil profile).

(2) Present the temperature and soil data that you collected in the field.  Include graphs, figures, and tables to organize your data.  Your figures will enable readers to visualize the patterns in your data that you describe in your results section.

Include tables with the following information:

Table 1: Air temperature and soil temperature data from XXXXX (your site name).

Sample

Air Temperature

1.4 m (OC)

Air Temperature

30 cm (OC)

Soil Temperature

5 cm (OC)

Soil Temperature

10 cm (OC)

Soil Temperature

20 cm (OC)

Soil Temperature

30 cm (OC)

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Table 2:  Relative Humidity from XXXX (your site name and time of day).

Sample

Relative Humidity

Sample

Relative Humidity

Sample

Relative Humidity

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Table 3:  Wind speeds at XXXX (your site name and time of day).

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Wind Speed

Sample

Wind Speed

Sample

Wind Speed

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Table 4: Soil moisture data from XXXXX (your site name).

Sample

Soil Moisture

5 cm (%)

Soil Moisture

10 cm (%)

Soil Moisture

20 cm (%)

Soil Moisture

30 cm (%)

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Include a graph of your plot averages which show the pattern of temperature change and another which displays changes in moisture as you move down through the soil profile at each of your plots.

 

Figure #: Soil Temperatures at XXXXXXXX.

(3)  Describe Japanese beetle observations.  Did you observe eggs, grubs, or adults?  If eggs or grubs—what depth(s) and how many?  If adults, what plants were associated with the beetles and how many beetles were observed?

If eggs and grubs were observed at a number of depths, a table or graph may be a useful way to present this information.  Include grub lengths in your table.  A table would also be an effective format to present adult observations relative to plant species.