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HD1-Syllabus - Ecology and Geomorphology of Streams Jeff...

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Ecology and Geomorphology of Streams Jeff Mount and Peter Moyle, Instructors Sarah Yarnell and Chris Hammersmark, TAs Spring 2004 Course Goals The field of watershed science, and specifically the study of streams, is inherently multidisciplinary, involving a broad array of physical, biological and social sciences. Traditional hierarchical undergraduate and graduate education programs that train students in the fields that support watershed science necessarily emphasize in-depth study within a specific discipline. This focused education is vital to producing professionals with useful technical and analytical skills. However, most students who pursue careers in watershed and stream analysis rarely work solely within their discipline. Rather, their work is inevitably integrated with other professionals addressing related issues with different skill sets. The ability to work closely and collaboratively with professionals from different backgrounds is fundamental to success in the field of watershed science. This course seeks to introduce advanced undergraduate and graduate students to multidisciplinary collaborative watershed and stream analysis through combined laboratory and field study of a selected stream system. Students from diverse backgrounds will work in cooperative research teams to collect and analyze field data from the Skeena River watershed in British Columbia. These teams will use the field data to report upon a key ecological issue within the watershed:
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