ENV 439: Wetland Ecology & Management
Wetlands are dynamic ecosystems at the interface of land and water that provide essential ecosystem services including water purification, food production and climate regulation. In the U.S., state and federal governments regulate wetland use and development. Therefore, skilled professionals are employed to assess various aspects of wetlands for permitting and restoration purposes.
Students in this course measure physical, chemical and biotic variables in wetland ecosystems; identify wetland plants and animals, compare and contrast wetland types based on hydrology, chemistry, etc.; delineate wetland boundaries based on current techniques; and discuss contemporary issues and primary literature on wetlands and help facilitate group discussions.
Furthermore, students will use the wetland mesocosm experiment at Miner Institute to develop and test hypotheses about wetlands.