Fall 2015 - TR 1:00 to 3:50
Room 511 Koffler Building
Course description: Aquatic plants are generally defined as those
higher (vascular) plants completing their life cycles wholly or partly in
a submerged state or in saturated soil. The course will cover aspects of
the biology and ecology of aquatic vascular plants from freshwater (marsh
and riparian) and estuarine environments. We will also examine environmental
issues affecting wetlands, constructed wetlands, wetland management and
legal issues surrounding wetlands. The course will include short field trips
to constructed wetlands and local riparian zones during the class period
and one Saturday field trip to a wetland in Arizona.
Dr. Fitzsimmons, ph. 820-0643
Instructor e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
TA: Holli Labrie, email@example.com
Office Hours: T & Th 12:30 in Koffler 511, or after class or
Wetlands 4th Ed., Mitsch and Gosselink (recommended)
Other readings will come from a variety of journals as well as from media
sources. These sources will be posted to the website, with hard copies distributed in class,
1. To understand physical, ecological and biological dynamics of wetland
2. To understand the environmental issues affecting wetlands, including
mitigation and implementation of restoration projects, constructed wetlands.
3. To identify common aquatic plants of Arizona, understand basic taxonomy
and use of taxonomic keys.
4. To identify aquatic nuisance plant species, their environmental impacts
and control efforts.
5. To identify and characterize wetlands of the world and associated aquatic
6. To improve scientific writing skills through review and synthesis of
7. To investigate wetlands research and restoration projects in Arizona
and the southwest.