Aquatic Plants and the Environment

ENVS 474/574, ECOL 474/574, WFSc 474-574

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23 Aug: First Class
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20 Sept: Quiz

29 Sept: First Paper Due

18 Oct: Mid-Term

22 Nov: Second Mid Term

29 Nov: Undergrad Second Paper Due

1 Dec: Grad student Experimental Reports Due

13 Dec 1:00 - 3:00: Final Exam

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Fall 2016 - 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.

Instructor: Dr. Fitzsimmons, ph. 820-0643
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TA: Valerisa Joe,

Office Hours: T & Th 12:30 in Koffler 511, or after class or by appointment.

Text: Wetlands 5th 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,
Course Goals:
1. To understand physical, ecological and biological dynamics of wetland systems.
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 plants.
6. To improve scientific writing skills through review and synthesis of primary literature.
7. To investigate wetlands research and restoration projects in Arizona and the southwest.


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