Blog Post #11

The what of my topic is: How biodiversity is affected by climate change? I feel confident that I can show that the Climate Change is causing more problems that only the ice melting in the Poles. People usually only focus in discuss the second topic and they don’t think that even the Poles melting can cause other problems beside the rise of the water level or the destruction of the polar bears habitat.

Possible titles:

  • How climate change affects biodiversity?
  • Secondary effects of climate change?

Main ideas:

  • There are other secondary effects from climate change others that ice melting.
  • Scientist are worried about how the Climate Change is affecting the distribution of some species.
  • There is scientist trying to predict how Climate Change will affect the species distribution using different models.

I want my audience to think about the secondary effects that Climate Change has in biodiversity. My goal is to make them think beyond the Poles melt and the destruction of the Polar bear ecosystem. When I am done with my project I want my audience to be more interested in other problems related to Climate Change.


Blog Post #10

Rhetoric is a way to use the language to persuade or to inform the audience, depending on what the authors want to do they will use different strategies ti achieve their goals.

Rhetoric Strategies:

1) Logos: or the appeal to reason relies on logic or reason. Logos often depends on the use of inductive or deductive reasoning. (

2) Ethos: or the ethical appeal is based on the character, credibility, or reliability of the writer. (

3) Pathos: or emotional appeal, appeals to an audience’s needs, values, and emotional sensibilities. (

4) Exemplification: Provide examples or cases in point. (

5) Comparison and contrast: Discuss similarities and differences   (

In this article from the NOAA, The Ocean Adapt, the author talks about the fishes that are affected by Climate Change and how that is also affecting fishers. The fishes populations are moving North searching those properties in the water that are good for them. In the article the author talks about how the fishers are the first in notice this change in the fishes distribution due to the Climate Change. The author is using Ethos supporting his article with different sources. The author goal is to inform about what is happening in the oceans due to the Climate Change he is achieving his goal using Ethos and a professional tone to talk to at the audience.

Blog Post #9

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The things that are done well in this infographic are: 1) The colors catch the viewer attention which will make the viewer come closer to read the infographic. 2) They are relating the color with the brands logo giving information to the people that they may not know. 3) All the brands that appear in the infographic are really important so everybody will know them. 4) The use of white in the back make the colors stand out. 5) The megaphone call for the audience as an important notification.

The things that are bad done: 1) There is to many brands logo for each color so they look small and is difficult to see all of them without coming closer to the image. 2) For it is not clear why they are relating each infographic to each color since there is not an explanation and the brands may want to transmit other feelings to their customers. 3) There is some brands logos outside the rainbow without explanation. 5) The title of the infographic is not really powerful with only one word emphasized.

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In this infographic about infographic the things that are well done: 1) There is a lot of information and data related to infographic. 2) The numbers in the infographic appear in a bigger and in red size so is the second thing that catch the viewer attention. 3) The eye in the middle cause a first impact in the viewer that is what you will look forward with the infographic. 4) The information in the infographic is short but leave a clear message in the viewer. 5) The color invite the viewer to read the infographic.

The things that are done bad: 1) There is to much information in a really small space. 2) The information that appear inside the eye is to small compare with the rest of the image. 3) Some part of the text that appear int he infographic is really small and hard to read. 4) There is not a clear description of what infographic is. 5) The citation of where the information come from is to small.

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Things that they are done well: 1) There is a lot of highlight numbers that capture the viewer attention. 2) The information is well organized in different parts and different ways. 3) The name of the infographic catch the viewer attention. 4) The way the infographic is design catch the viewer attention. 5) The sources appear in a legible size.

Things that are done bad in this infographic: 1) There is to much information en a small space. 2) The words inside the glasses is difficult to read. 3) The grey letters are difficult to read due to the color of the back in the infographic. 4) They information is only for Australia but in some parts they are generalizing. 5) I don’t think they square with the technology match the changes in the actual technology.

Blog Post #8

This article is writing for a general audience since everybody that is interested in the topic and has access to internet can read it. The article is kind of long and contain different information about the topic How climate change affects biodiversity?. Climate change is a broad topic but how it affect biodiversity is a specific topic, so only those that are interesting in the topic with read the article. The audience that have interest in the topic probably has some previous knowledge about it or at least about Climate Change and they are trying to expand their knowledge with more information. The language use in the article is formal since the author is transmitting important information to the readers. Because the text is kind of long the audience should be those that are really interesting in the topic and have enough time to read the whole text and acquire the new knowledge.

Blog Post #7

Dallmeier, Francisco. Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Americas: Impacts and Adaptations. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly, 2010. Print.

There is a complete chapter in this book with information about the impacts that Climate extremes has on biodiversity in the Americas, there are some tables tables that explain what problems are attached to each climate.

Araujo, M. B., and C. Rahbek. “How Does Climate Change Affect Biodiversity?” Science 313.5792 (2006): 1396-397. Web. 20 June 2015.

Explanation on how to predict the problems in biodiversity and what models are used by the experts.

Harley, C. D. G. “Climate Change, Keystone Predation, and Biodiversity Loss.” Science 334.6059 (2011): 1124-127. Web. 20 June 2015.

Relationship between the specie that is being altere by climate change and the environment and how this can affect the community and the relationship with other species.

Backlund, Peter, Anthony C. Janetos, and David Steven. Schimel. The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States. New York: Nova Science, 2009. Print.

There is a chapter on this book that talks about biodiversity and how it is changing due to the Climate Change, but I didn’t have enough time yet to read more deeply and select the information that I am going to use.

Kathy J. Willis and Shonil A. Bhagwat “Biodiversity and Climate Change” Science 326.5954(2009): 806-807. Web. 22 June 2015

In this article the authors are making a different point of view, talking about how the models that the expert are creating to predict the biodiversity evolution have to be analyze carefully, because some results could be different depending on the variables that they apply.

Blog Post #6

Skill 21.1 Read sources rhetorically and take purposeful notes.

When we found any kind of source book or journal we should read the book in different ways depending on how far we are in our research process. First a quick lecture will help us to find if the book or journal is worth it for our project, once we have determinate that we are going to continue working with them we should make a deep lecture trying to find the information that we need. While we are doing the lecture we should take notes that will help us later to write our research paper and also to combine the information from different sources. When we have selected our sources we should also create a work cited pages with all the information from our sources so we won’t forget later.

Skill 21.2 Evaluate sources for reliability, credibility, angle of vision, and degree of advocacy.

While reading the sources we should look how the author is presenting the facts and if he is covering all the angles of vision and not only the one that he thinks is correct. Depending on how the author is explaining the facts in the paper it will be easier for him or her to convince the readers about his or her ideas. Also if the information of the author can be found easily the readers will trust him or her easily.

Skill 21.3 Use your rhetorical knowledge to evaluate Web sources.

When we have a Web source sometimes is easy to fall for it because the way that is presented to us. Usually web sources are easier to read and have more images than scholarly articles. We have to be cautious with web sources and make sure that we can find all the information that we will be able to find in a book. We will need a reliable author in which we can trust and be able to trust what he is saying, also we should be able to compare information present in that web with other information that we have found in other sources.

Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Americas is the title of the book that I have found for my research. The main author of this book is Francisco Dallmeier who has done other previous publications and is the Head of the Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability (CCES) of the Smithsonian conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). Looking at his job position and his previous publications he seems to be a reputable source with high knowledge in the topic. The book was published in 2010 and was published by Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. The book is organized by different areas in the Americas and different aspects that are influence by Climate Change. There is citation of different sources in the table of contents and also in the book, these citations are from different sources most of the scholarly.

Article 1: How does Climate Change Affect Biodiversity? by Miguel B. Araújo who works in the Department of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid. The publication of this journal was made in 2006, after this publication the author has done other different publications about this topic or other related to Climate Change.

Article 2: Climate Change, Keystone Predation, and Biodiversity Loss, Christopher D. G. Harley who works in the University of British Columbia and has published other different research papers about Climate Change and how it affects biodiversity in different places. This journal is from 2011 making the information present on it still valid since all what authors can do it try to predict how the Climate Change is going to affect the biodiversity.

Blog Post #5

An infographic is a visual way to represent a problem in our case, but you can represent different things to target the audience, using different pictures, fonts and colors you can reach different audiences. In my infographic I am going to target an audience from young people to adult people. My topic is about how Climatic Change affects biodiversity? I am going to do some research about which environments are suffering the most and in the infographic I am going to show to the audience how the biodiversity in those places is being affected. To show this I will probably use some pictures and a strong thesis to support o topic phrase that will catch the viewers attention.

Personal Writings is when you are expressing your feelings, personal actions or problems using one of the different kinds that this genre involve. Usually when you are doing personal writing you are writing to a friend or someone that knows you and is going to understand and support what you are expressing with that writing.

Professional writing is the type of writing that you will use at the workplace, it has a formal tone. In this kind of writing you are trying to reach different audience and it could be used to achieve a certain goal, like persuade, inform or instruct.

Both types of writing are using in different occasions and depending on what audience we want to reach and what is the propose of our writing, if we are trying to find a job we will use a professional writing style in our resume. But if what we want if you tell a friend something that have upset us today we will use a personal writing style, since this one is more informal that the professional writing.

Authors have to use a particular genre depending on the audience that they are targeting, they can not write in the same way to persuade teenagers that to persuade adults, from the beginning they don’t think in the same way and also they are interested in different things. If you want to persuade a teenagers may be you will success using an informal language while to persuade the adults you will success probably using a more professional tone.