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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Environment


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


ENVIRON 400(ENVRNSTD 420). Independent Work in Environmental Studies.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: ENVRNSTD 240 and cognates pertinent to the study. Permission must be granted by Director prior to enrollment. (1-4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated four times, for a total of 12 credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is an independent study, typically with a practical component. The subject is the general area of environmental issues and may concern environmental science, environmental policy, aspects of campus management or community service with environmental implications.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

ENVIRON 411 / NRE 411. Fluvial Ecosystems.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): J. David Allan (dallan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: ENVIRON 311 or an upper-level course in aquatic ecology or hydrology. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/nre/411/001.nsf

Introduces key concepts and theory pertinent to understanding and managing fluvial ecosystems (rivers and streams). Emphasis on rivers as large-scale physical and biological systems; properties and processes. Laboratory includes intensive comparative field study of distinctive types of Michigan rivers.

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ENVIRON 415 / NRE 415. Wildlife Behavior and Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bobbi S Low (bobbilow@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Eight credits of BIOLOGY, including BIOLOGY 152. ENVIRON 438 recommended. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~nre415/

Basic theory in behavioral ecology and life history strategies. Basic natural selection theory, environmental constraints, and the evolution of behavior and life history strategies are stressed.

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ENVIRON 422 / EEB 440 / NRE 422. Biology of Fishes.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William L. Fink (wfink@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 162 and one additional biology course. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~bio440/

Lectures cover many aspects of the biology of lower vertebrates known as fishes, including evolution, physiology, functional morphology, phylogeny, bio geography, ecology, and reproduction. The systematic position of fish among vertebrates is discussed and exemplary assemblages examined. Special attention is given to the effect of the physical properties of water on form, function and mode of life of fishes. Discussions examine current papers in the primary literature.

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ENVIRON 423 / EEB 441 / NRE 423. The Biology of Fishes Laboratory.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gerald Ray Smith (grsmith@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 162 and one additional biology course. (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~bio440/

Optional laboratory course accompanying ENVIRON 422, providing an introduction to the field methods used in fish biology and fisheries, and examining the diversity of the Michigan ichthyofauna and major groups of world fishes.

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ENVIRON 430 / EEB 489 / NRE 430. Soil Properties and Processes.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Donald R Zak (drzak@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 162 and chemistry. (3). Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~nre430/

Soils as central components of terrestrial ecosystems. Major emphasis is placed on physical, chemical, and biological properties and their relationships to plant growth and ecosystem processes. Understanding is developed using a combination of lectures, field- and laboratory-based exercises, and individual research. The function of soils in forested ecosystems is the primary focus; however, examples are drawn from a wide range of terrestrial ecosystems.

This course centers on the overlap of soil science, forest ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Our goal is to understand:

  1. how the interactions of landform, topography, climate, and biota over time lead to the patterns of soil development and the distribution of soil types that we observe within the landscape;
  2. how physical, chemical, and biological properties of forest soils affect water and nutrient availability to plants and, ultimately, ecosystem productivity; and
  3. how nutrients are cycled within forest ecosystems and how these processes are influenced by land management practices.

In the field portion of the course, we will sample and describe soils of four forest ecosystems and observe first-hand how differences in landform, topography, climate and biota influence soil development. In the laboratory we will analyze our soil samples for a number of physical, chemical, and biological properties. Using these data in conjunction with field data, each student will select two of the four ecosystems for detailed comparison in a term paper. Although we will focus our attention on local forest ecosystems of Michigan, skills learned in this course may be broadly applied within a variety of terrestrial ecosystem types in other geographic regions.

Prerequisites: Students are expected to have a background in chemistry and biology. In particular, a working knowledge of chemical equilibria, ionic solution chemistry, pH, and oxidation-reduction reactions is highly recommended. Students without such background should consult with the instructor before enrolling. Also useful (although not required) is familiarity with biochemistry, plant physiology, microbiology, geology, and local flora. You will find it very helpful if you have had, or are currently enrolled in, Woody Plants (ENVIRON 337). The lectures and laboratory exercises in Soil Properties and Processes have been designed to complement Forest Ecology (ENVIRON 435), and we highly recommend that you enroll in these courses concurrently!

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ENVIRON 432 / NRE 432. Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Paul J Richards (pauljr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Principles and processes affecting hydrologic cycles of forested watersheds: precipitation, interception, infiltration, evapotranspiration, groundwater, and stream flow. Major emphasis on how hydrologic processes affect watershed management of forest and other terrestrial ecosystems, and how watershed management affects water yield and quality. Floods, soil erosion, and water pollution will be emphasized as special problems.

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ENVIRON 435 / NRE 435. Forest Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Burton V. Barnes (bvb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: ENVIRON 337. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~nre435/

Landscape ecosystems and forest species are emphasized in weekly field trips and lectures stressing the ecology of species and the structure and function of forest ecosystems. Landscape ecosystems are studied by integrating physiography, climate, soil, and vegetation. Major emphasis on physiography and site-species relationships, establishment ecology, and competitive and mutualistic relationships. Fire ecology and genetic ecology are also stressed. Special field trips to northern Michigan and the Great Smoky Mountains.

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ENVIRON 455 / NRE 455. Lab in Field Ecology.

Section 001 THIS COURSE WILL MEET SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 20, FRI. EVENINGS BEGINNING AT 7 PM AND CONCLUDING SUN. EVENINGS AT 7 PM. Meets with Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 477 (Drop/Add deadline=September 23).

Instructor(s): John H Vandermeer (jvander@umich.edu), Ivette Perfecto (perfecto@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: A course in ecology or advanced undergraduate biology, and permission of instructor. (5).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($30) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 477.001.

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ENVIRON 492 / NRE 492 / UP 492. Environmental Justice: Domestic and International.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bunyan Bryant Jr (bbryant@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~snre492/492.html

This is primarily a lecture course. Information in the course includes:

  1. the definition of environmental racism, environmental equity, environmental justice, and environmental advocacy,
  2. key research issues in the field of environmental justice which includes race vs. income, intent vs. nonintent, pollution prevention vs. pollution control, cause and effect vs. association,
  3. understanding energy and its relation with environmental justice,
  4. the social structure of accumulation vs. the social structure of sustainability,
  5. comparing issues of environmental justice within the U.S. and within developing countries,
  6. comparing the Basel Treaty and the Organization of African Unity's ban on the transport of toxic waste internationally, and the First National Environmental Leadership Summits Seventeen Principles of Environmental Justice.

Both domestic and international examples will be used in the course to enhance teaching and learning. Students will be required to: (1) take a midterm and a final examination, and (2) develop case studies on environmental justice.

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