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ENV 563 Freshwater Ecology

Prerequisites: ENV 501 and 502, or permission of the instructor. (First semester—odd years/3 credits) This course is available as an elective for the GIS-ENV Certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor that this course will count toward the GIS-ENV Certificate by the drop/add deadline each semester, so that GIS-focused assessments can be completed. Once a student declares the GIS option, the course cannot revert to the non-GIS version.

Physical, chemical and biological aspects of lakes and streams are explored. Aquatic organisms typical of freshwater ecosystems are surveyed along with their interrelationships and the physical and chemical components of the aquatic environment controlling their distribution and abundance. Productivity, energy flow and nutrient cycles are also discussed. Sampling and analysis techniques are described.