Aquatic Ecology (Bot 410, 410L): Structure and function of aquatic ecosystems with application to fishery and pollution problems. Emphasis on lacustring, riverine, and wetland ecology. Field trips and laboratory exercises will give students hands-on experience with aquatic research and monitoring techniques and concepts. Lectures will acquaint students with the current state of knowledge in the aquatic sciences. Students receive "communication intensive" (0.6) and "problem solving" (1.5) credit for solution of practical and theoretical problems, write-ups of lab and field activities, and practical exams. 

Students in this course will:

learn the major types of water bodies and water courses, know how they are formed and evolved, and understand their place in the hydrologic and geochemical cycles.

learn to quantify, model and predict the physical aspects of aquatic environments (e.g. movement, heat, light).

understand the importance, measurement, dynamics and cycling of major chemical species in aquatic environments (e.g. alkalinity, phosphorus, nitrogen, oxygen).

learn how the functioning of aquatic ecosystems is influenced by the geologic and geographic setting of its watershed.

learn to quantify, model and predict the biological cycling of energy in aquatic environments and the relationship of biological production to management goals.

recognize the factors responsible for the zonation of aquatic environments and organisms.

understand the major aquatic ecosystem management methods and models.

learn to recognize the principal plants and animals inhabiting aquatic ecosystems and understand their trophic relationships.

be familiar with the principal tools of aquatic ecology and how they are applied, including field and laboratory methods.

obtain practical experience in solving complex ecological problems.

Identification of Aquatic Organisms (Bot 411): On line taxonomic and identification exercises to accompany 410.  Instruction and practice in the identification of algae, aquatic macrophytes, zooplankton, and benthos.

Ecology of Freshwater Invertebrates (A Ecl 515): Identification, natural history and ecological relationships of free-living freshwater invertebrates. Emphasis on community structure, function and sampling techniques. 

Students in this course will:

Learn to identify the major groups of aquatic invertebrates.

Understand the ecology of the major aquatic invertebrates and where they fit into aquatic ecosystems.

Gain proficiency in the sampling, sorting and keying of aquatic organisms.

Learn means of attaining specific habitat assessment goals.

Learn the practical implications of statistical requirements for accurate and precise sampling and identification of aquatic invertebrates.

Learn how to create a collection documenting important invertebrate groups.

Ecological Resource Management (A Ecl 560): Ecological and economical management of sustainable biological resources. Unifying current management concepts and models in wildlife, fisheries, water quality, forestry, recreation and agriculture. Research problems. 

Students in this course will:

learn mass balance concepts as they apply to resource management goals

identify components of mass balance equations in diverse management models

understand the role of population dynamic concepts in resource management

learn the concepts of equilibrium yield, sustainable yield, and optimal yield

identify population characteristics impinging upon resource yields

learn the role of models in resource management

understand strengths and weaknesses of resource management model types

explore models used in the management of fisheries, wildlife, forests, recreational areas, water quality and agriculture, and learn to apply them

learn a global approach to resource management

learn to use ecological theories and models to resolve resource management issues

get hands-on experience in using comparative data to solve resource management problems

understand the role of economics in altering management scenarios