Biology 608 -- Limnology -- Fall 2004
Dr. Stephen Threlkeld, Professor of Biology; 318 Shoemaker; 662-915-5803; firstname.lastname@example.org; Office hours: TuTh 8-9 am, Th 11-12 am, or by appointment.
Required readings One copy of each assigned reading from the current literature will be provided for your use. A general limnology test such as 'Moss, Brian. 1998. Ecology of Fresh Waters: Man & medium, past to future. 3rd edition. Blackwell Scientific' or 'Wetzel, Robert G. 2001. Limnology: Lake and river ecosystems. 3rd edition. Academic Press' is also recommended for students with a weak or dated undergraduate background in aquatic sciences.
Course grading Grades will be based on discussion of assigned readings (30%), expertise in a limnological case study (15%), a research paper (20%), and a final examination (35%). Grades will be assigned on a straight scale: A, > 90%; B, 80-90%; C, 70-80%; D, 60-70%; F, < 60%.
Schedule of discussion topics (F, 8:00 - 10:50 am, 219 Shoemaker), except as noted.
27 Aug Introduction; course objectives and requirements
3 Sep Geology and origin of lake bathymetry and chemistry
10 Sep Physics of water: light attenuation, temperature and pressure
17 Sep Water movement: advection, convection and diffusion
24 Sep Water column stability, light attenuation, and primary production
1 Oct Nutrient supply and eutrophication
8 Oct Phytoplankton succession and community structure
15 Oct Microbial plankton
18 Oct (Monday) Zooplankton community structure
25 Oct (Monday) Benthic communities and interactions with the plankton
1 Nov (Monday) Fish and food webs
12 Nov Aquatic biogeography
19 Nov Paleolimnology and climate change
22-26 Nov Thanksgiving Holiday
3 Dec Water use, policy, regulation and law
8 Dec Final examination, 8 a.m.