2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
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2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL 362 - Stream and Riparian Ecosystems

The course, Stream and Riparian Ecosystems, will explore these critically imperiled ecosystems in a holistic manner, considering how these linked ecosystems are structured by geological, geophysical, and fluvial factors, chemical factors, and biological communities.  Because stream ecosystems are embedded within a larger matrix of upland ecosystems, the course will also consider the effects of these on streams.  The course will required students to read and synthesize a wide diversity of papers from the scientific literature. A research or position paper, depending upon the student’s interest, will be required. The course will be divided into three sections of variable length, covering a) the natural structure and functioning of stream/riparian ecosystems; b) the effects of alterations of both the stream and riparian ecosystems themselves, and also alterations of the uplands within which the streams are embedded; and c) the problems and issues in restoration. Socio-economic, political, legal, and ethical considerations will be interwoven within the entire course.

Prerequisites: Permission

Anticipated Terms Offered: Spring Annually