Master Course Outline
WTM 229
Aquatic Ecology and Research Methods


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

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.
  • Apply identification methods to local aquatic species.
  • Identify and describe commonly used fish marking and tracking devices.
  • Demonstrate, explain, and evaluate commonly used aquatic sampling methods including, but not limited to, rotary traps, dredges, surber samplers, kick nets, Kammerer samplers, Van Dorn samplers, Hess samplers, leaf packs, grab samples, periphyton, and sediment samplers.
  • Summarize common fish passage and water quality issues.
  • Describe the ecological impact and significance of recreation on aquatic species and habitat.
  • Explain locally used aquifer recharge strategies.
  • Recognize and use industry specific vocabulary.
  • Prepare lab and field reports to industry specifications.

  • 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.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    WTM 229
    Spring 2017
    1335
    Melissa Holecek
    WTM 229
    Spring 2016
    1335
    Melissa Holecek


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
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    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.