Fulfills the LSA Natural Science Distribution requirement and the LSA Upper Level Writing Requirement.
This field course introduces fundamental physical, chemical, and biological concepts and basic techniques necessary for the study of aquatic ecosystems. Topics include physical-chemical processes, an overview of aquatic fauna and flora, and surveys of major types of aquatic ecosystems, including rivers and streams, lakes and wetlands. Interactions between the hydrological cycle and the landscape provide the basic theme around which ecosystem presentations are organized. Field trips and laboratory exercises will focus on sampling representative environments, the collection/identification of biological specimens, and learning research techniques.