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Syllabus - ECOHYDROLOGY FOR 6934(3 credits Fall 2011...

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An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Institution E COHYDROLOGY FOR 6934 (3 credits) Fall 2011 G ENERAL C OURSE O VERVIEW It is widely acknowledged that hydrological processes regulate ecological ones, but reciprocal controls - i.e., the manner and magnitude of ecological regulation of hydrologic processes (broadly construed to include geomorphic and geochemical processes) - are frequently overlooked. These ecological feedbacks are responsible for non-linearities in ecosystem responses to hydrologic perturbations, underly the development of arid and wetland patterned landscapes, help explain unexpected observations in watershed responses to rainfall, and establish a set of system-scale evolutionary constraints on organisms (the concept of “extended phenotype” ). Moreover, reversing degradation of aquatic systems requires understanding the influence of, and hysteresis induced by, reciprocal controls so that the appropriate ecosystem levers can be manipulated and restoration success can be evaluated. This course will introduce students to the field of ecohydrology via targeted examples drawn from model systems, including arid land plant-water relations, Everglades and boreal peatland patterned landscapes, biogeomorphology and nutrient chemistry of karst landscapes, continental-scale ecological (and agro-ecological) control over the hydrologic cycle, and analytical models of watershed rainfall-runoff response. Students will be expected to synthesize recent literature and demonstrate experimental competence in ecohydrologic systems analysis. P REREQUISITES Basic water resources course or Instructor Permission H OURS AND L OCATION Class Time: Friday 11:45-2:45 Location: Newins-Ziegler Hall 222 I NSTRUCTOR Matthew Cohen (Associate Professor) [email protected] 328 Newins-Ziegler Hall (352) 846-3490 Class Website http://sfrc.ufl.edu/ecohydrology/ecohydro.html R ECOMMENDED T EXT ( S ) - Hydroecology and Ecohydrology: Past, Present and Future. 2007. P.J. Wood, D.M. Hannah and J.P. Sadler (eds.)
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An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Institution A DDITIONAL R EFERENCE M ATERIALS This course leans heavily on the primary literature. Relevant papers will be assigned on each topic area. A subset of the key citations include: Belyea, L.R. and A.J. Baird 2006. Beyond “The Limits to Peat Bog Growth”: Cross -scale feedback in peatland development. Ecological Monographs 76:299-322 Brooks, P.D. and E.R. Vivoni. 2008. Mountain ecohydrology: Quantifying the role of vegetation in the water balance of montane catchments. Ecohydrology 1:187-192 [ inaugural issue ] Corenblit, D., A.M. Gurnell, J. Steiger and E. Tabacchi. 2008. Reciprocal adjustments between landforms and living organisms: Extended geomorphic evolutionary insights. Catena 73:261-273 Dietrich, W.E. and J.T. Perron. 2006. The search for a topographic signature of life. Nature 439:411-418 Eppinga, M.B., M. Rietkerk, W. Borren, E.D. Lapshina, W. Bleuten and M.J. Wassen. 2008.
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