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.