EVRN 255   Freshwater Ecology (4 Hours)

Freshwater Ecology describes the interaction between freshwater organisms and their environment. Structure and function of streams, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater systems will be explored. Students will learn life histories and identification skills for aquatic organisms including plankton, fish, mollusks, insects and plants. The influence of abiotic factors such as temperature, oxygen, and nutrients will be examined. Field and classroom experiments will be used to apply concepts learned. Students will study local water quality issues and aquatic management strategies to improve ecosystem health.