ESF 541: Intro Wetlands-Ecological Principles

2010-05-11 -

Maximum Increased.

Synonym:

68818 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Rachel Thiet

Credits:

2

Seats:

17

Semester:

Summer 2010

Meeting Schedule:

Sun 6/13 (9:00AM-12:59PM)
Mon 6/14 (9:00AM-3:59PM)
Tue 6/15 (9:00AM-2:59PM)
Wed 6/16 (8:00AM-4:59PM)

Description:

Competency Areas: Natural Communities
Restricted to ES students from April 14 - 28. Open to all students on April 29.

Human impacts on wetlands continue to reduce the global area of these precious aquatic ecosystems at an alarming rate. What makes a wetland valuable? What ecological functions do wetlands perform for human and non-human communities? How do we assess wetland functioning from an ecological standpoint? In this course, we will explore the ecological relationships among various components of wetland systems, including vascular plants, the physical and biological properties of hydric soils, and wildlife. Particular emphasis will be on plant and soil relationships, and we will ground our exploration in the relationship between wetland ecosystem structure, biogeochemical cycling, and ecosystem function. Course time will combine lectures, discussions, lab activities, and field trips.