LIMNOLOGY - WFSC 441/541        

CLASS OUTLINE - FALL 1999

TEXT: Cole, G. A. 1994. Textbook of Limnology. Fourth Edition. Waveland Press, Prospect Heights, Ill.

INSTRUCTOR:     Dr. William Matter
                                319 Bio Sci East
                                Office:  621-7280
                                wmatter@ag.arizona.edu

Office Hours: Generally an "open door" policy or by appointment I have another class at Noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so we can arrange appointments after class, for some later time. Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings (8:15-10:00) are good.

Course Objectives: For Students To ...

  1. Understand the physical, chemical and geological processes operating in and on fresh waters and to explore the interaction of these processes with biota.
  2. Gain a "working knowledge" of the types, location and use of limnological literature; read limnological reports; and become familiar with the use of gear and techniques for field and laboratory studies.
  3. Be introduced to current ecological and anthropogenic problems related to limnology, and to explore potential solutions and management activities.
  4. Work with peers in learning new concepts and solving practical problems.
Grading: There will be at least 2, 1-hour exams, 1 take-home exam, and a comprehensive final exam. Hour exams will each be worth about 100 points and the final will be worth about 130 points. Laboratory exercises will carry about 100 points, and literature oriented writing projects will be worth 100-150 points. Late work will be penalized 10% of the points per day late.
 
 
 
Grading Scale:
90-100% = A
80-89%  =  B
70-79% =  C
60-69% =  D
Below 60% = failure
 Graduate Credit:   Students registered for graduate credit will prepare a class presentation and meet with the instructor and other graduate students to discuss a few selected research papers.

Attendance: I hope you will want to be in class, but I will not award points for attendance. Field trips should be informative and fun, but are not mandatory.





 
 

LIMNOLOGY - WFSC 441/541

Class Schedule - Fall 1999



 
 
DATE FORMAT TOPICS TEXT READING
Aug. 24 
Tues
Lec (8-10) Introduction, Definitions, History, Water, Hydrologic Cycle 1:17
Aug. 26 
Thur
Lec (8-11) Distribution, Origin, and Morphometry of Lakes 6:112-131 
7:132-149
Aug. 31 
Tues
Lec Lake Zonation, Sediments, Paleolimnology, & Onto- 
geny of Lakes
2:8-29 

 

Lab #1 Lake Morphometry
Sept. 02 
Thur
Lec Thermal and Optical Properties of Water, Lake Stratification and Overturn, Mixis 9:178-193 
10:194-217
Lab #1 Lake Morphometry
Sept. 07 
Tues
Lec Heat Budgets, Water Currents 11:218-238, 
15: 318-321
Lab #2 Lake Stratification Model
Sept. 09 Lec Oxygen and REDOX 12:239-262
Sept. 14 
Tues
Lec CO2, Alkalinity, pH, Acid Rain, Hardness 13:263-289, 14:294-295 & 304-317
Lab #3 Water Sampling Equipment & Procedures
Sept. 16 EXAM #1 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Lec Chemical Constituents (TDS,S,Cl,Ca,Mg,Na,K,Fe,Mn,P,N,Si) 14:290-317, 15:321-342
Lab #3 Water Sampling Equipment & Procedures
Sept. 21 
Tues
Lec Test Review 
Organic Matter & Detritus
4:75-77 
15:338-341
Sept. 23 
Thur
Lec Introduction to Aquatic Biota, Zonation, Algae, Phytoplankton, Aufwuchs, Macrophytes 3:30-39 
4:62-83 
& 82 & 84-87
Sept. 25 
Saturday
Sat 
Field Trip
7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Water Sampling (Patagonia Lake?)
Sept. 28 
Tues
Lec 
Lab #4
Plants - continued 
Freshwater Algae
Sept. 30 
Thur
Lec 
Lab #4
Animals: zooplankton, benthos, nekton, neuston 
Freshwater Algae
3:39-57 
4:62-83
Oct. 05
Tues
Lec 
Lab #5
Animals - continued 
Zooplankton
Oct. 07 
Thur
Lec 
Lab #5
Animals - continued 
Zooplankton
Oct. 12-Tues "Catch-up"
Oct. 14-Thur EXAM #2 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Lec Streams: geology, morphology physics and chemistry 8:151-158
Oct. 19 
Tues
Lec Test Review and start Stream Biota 8:160-173
Oct. 21
Thur
Lec Stream Biota (continued)
Oct. 22-24 Stream Sampling Field Trip (White Mountains)?? TBA
Oct.26
Tues
Lab #6 Stream Trip Samples/Data
Oct. 28
Thur
Lec Lotic Ecosystems/Stream Continuum Concept 8:158-160 & 173-177
Lab #7 Stream Data Analysis
Nov. 2
Tues
Lec Lotic Ecosystems
Nov. 4
Thur
Lec Lotic Ecosystems
Nov. 9
Tues
Lec "Catch-Up"
Nov. 11
Tues
No Class Veterans Day -- Holiday
Nov. 16 
Tues
Lec 

Lab

Ecosystems, Energy, & Primary & Secondary Production, & Cascading Effects 
Chlorophyl - a
5:88-104 
12:250-260
13:281-289 
5:104-111
Nov. 18
Thur
Symposium Lake Restoration
Nov. 23
Tues
Lec Reservoir Limnology 16:343-345
Nov. 25
Thur
No class Thanksgiving - No Class
Nov. 30
Tues
Symposium Reservoir Limnology
Dec. 02
Thur
Lec Use & Misuse of Inland Waters 16:343-350
Dec. 7 
Tues
Class Evaluation, Review for Final Exam
Dec. 14
Tues
Final Exam FINAL EXAM (8-10 a.m.)