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Freshwater Ecology

This course investigates freshwater ecosystems from a physical, chemical, biological, and ecological prospective. In lecture students will be exposed to concepts and environmental applications of freshwaters such as properties of water, movement of light, heat, and chemicals, physiography of flowing and non-flowing freshwater, redox and oxygen, hydrologic, carbon, iron, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfer cycling, biodiversity, behavior, predation, competition, food webs, nutrient use and mineralization, disturbance, succession, production, and trophic state and eutrophication. In the laboratory students will learn techniques to collect, analyze, interpret, and report on physical chemical, biological, and ecological parameters of freshwater ecosystems. Some laboratory exercises will require outside of the classroom activities such as collecting ore measuring parameters in local streams, lakes, and ponds.

Pre Requisites: Pre-requisite = Graduate degree student in Biology or permission.

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