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WTM 229
Aquatic Ecology and Research Methods


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

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Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


Description
This course examines ecological linkages between habitat quality, water quality, human impacts, and species diversity on population size and long-term viability. It explores the basic physiological, anatomical, and behavioral characteristics of a variety of fish species and common aquatic sampling techniques. It includes hands-on lab experience with fish taxonomy, anatomy, and research methods. Collegiate reading skills, technical vocabulary, and vocational writing in standard technical formats will be studied and practiced. Recommended: BIOL& 100. Formerly NR 220.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Identify and describe basic fish anatomical features and physiology.
  • Identify local fish species.
  • Explain and/or demonstrate commonly used fish research and aquatic sampling methods, including, but not limited to rotary traps, dredges, surber samplers, kick nets, Kemmerer samplers, Van Dorn samplers, Hess samplers, leaf packs, and sediment samplers and what data these devices can be used to obtain.
  • Describe the relationship between fish structure and function.
  • Describe local fish passage and water quality issues.
  • Create legible field reports.
  • Write lab reports in standard format.
  • Summarize essential concepts in fish biology and aquatic ecology.
  • Recognize and use technical vocabulary.

  • Course Topics
  • Fish physiological, anatomical, and behavioral characteristics.
  • Aquatic sampling methods used in both lentic and lotic systems.
  • Local water quality and fish passage issues.
  • Aquatic speciation.
  • Tagging and tracking methods.

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