Syllabus - BIOL/EVPP 350 Freshwater Ecosystems Lecture...

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BIOL/EVPP 350 Freshwater Ecosystems Lecture Syllabus Fall 2011 MW 1:30-2:45 in Research Hall 201 Instructors: Dr. Kim de Mutsert, Lecturer and course leader, [email protected] Term Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy (703) 993-1043 Office: David King Hall 3018 Office hours: Monday 3-5 PM or by appointment Suzanne Dee, Graduate Assistant and Lab Instructor, [email protected] Office: B471 Robinson Office hours: See lab syllabus Course Web Site: Go to http://mymason.gmu.edu , log in with your email name and your GMU email password, then select BIOL-350-001/EVPP-350-001. All information, both lecture and lab, will be in this location. Course Description and Goals : This course is an overview of the ecology of freshwater ecosystems including lakes, streams, and wetlands. It will examine the physical, chemical, and biological processes and their interrelationships. Students will learn basic concepts in limnology, biological assessment, and trophic ecology, as well as becoming familiar with freshwater flora and fauna. After completion of the course, students should have a broad knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological processes operating in this system. In addition, students should understand that anthropological factors affect these systems, and that water management and ecosystem restoration are practiced to mitigate these problems. Students will be trained in communication skills to be able to present research results and discuss findings. Through such capability, each student should be relatively well prepared to contribute to freshwater ecology research and management projects. Course Content and Instructional Methods : The course consists of a coupled lecture and lab; both must be taken concurrently and your grade will depend on your performance in both venues. Below is a list of lecture topics by week. Lectures will consist of power point presentations that will be posted to our course on the day of the lecture. Attached below is schedule of topics and assignments, including readings from our text. Check the course web site every week for additional readings that are part of the course material. Reading and interpreting scientific papers is part of the course as well. Scientific papers will be presented in
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