Fall 2005 edition

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Course Description:

This course covers fundamental concepts,  techniques, and analyses necessary for students interested in a holistic approach to river ecosystem management. The first half of the course examines key concepts in river hydrology and geomorphology.  In the third quarter of the course we cover large-scale ecological structure emphasizing longitudinal (upstream-downstream) and  lateral (floodplain) pattern and processes. During the final quarter of the semester  we  apply these basic principals to  common management issues includingimpacts of human development, instream-flow protection, and river restoration.

    Lab sections cover basic field measurements and data analysis. Each semester we choose a few specific Michigan river ecosystems  to serve as a focus for laboratory activities. This year we will be examining Mill Creek and the Huron River, a northern Micigan trout stream, and some representative lake plain rivers.

Grading and evaluations are based on 2 research papers written during the term and lecture take-home questions. See our grading policy for details. There is no Midterm. The second paper serves as your Final Exam.

prerequisites:
at least one of the following courses or permission of the Instructor-
Introduction to Aquatic Ecosystems (Nr 311/511), Limnology, Stream Ecology, Ecology of Fishes, Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management, Hydrology,Pollution Biology.

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