A blast from the past, you can download my undergraduate dissertation here. I wrote it during the final year of my Geography degree at the University of Southampton, under the supervision of Pete Gething and Mary Edwards, having spent a few days collecting data in the Swiss alps during the summer of 2007. I had a go at using the topography of a suitably uniform hill, halfway up a mountain, to generate distribution models that could be used to predict the probability of finding six different alpine plant species there, with varying levels of success.
It’s not terribly sophisticated, but during the writing and analysis I developed my interest in the field of (plant) species distribution modelling (SDM), and made my first forays into everyone’s favourite statistical computing environment. I even included the code!
Mike Whitfield’s undergraduate dissertation [pdf; about 5MB]