Aquatic Biology Tentative List of Topics

Week

Topics

1

January

12-14

Introduction                                      Lecture

Physics of Water                              Reading: Physics of Water

Lab:  Splash                                     Reading - Hydrodynamics I  

Journal 1:   McShaffrey D, McCafferty W. 1987.  The behaviour and form of Psephenus herricki (Dekay) (Coleoptera: Psephenidae) in relation to water flow. Freshwater Biology 18(2):319-324. (Try searching on Academic Search Complete on the Library web site).

Journal 2:
Edmunds GF Jr., McCafferty WP. 1988.  The mayfly subimago.  Annual Review Of Entomology.  33:509-529.  http://www.famu.org/mayfly/pubs/pub_e/pubedmundsg1988p509.pdf

 

2

January

19-21

Physics of Water

Water Chemistry                             Reading: Water Chemistry  Lecture

Lab:  Electronic Water Quality Monitoring

Journal 1:
Vannote RL, Minshall GW, Cummins KW, Sedell JR and Cushing CE.  1980.  The river continuum concept. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 37: 130-137.

 

 

3

January

26-28

Aquatic Habitats:  Lakes                  Reading: Overview  Habitats  Wetlands  Lecture  Video

Aquatic Habitats: Rivers and Streams Reading:  Rivers and Streams  Habitats

Lab:  Microcosms                                                        Paper Topics Due (28)

Journal 1: Pond GJ, Passmore ME, Borsuk FA, Reynolds L, Rose CJ. 2008. Downstream effects of mountaintop coal mining: comparing biological conditions using family- and genus-level macroinvertebrate bioassessment tools. J. N. Am. Benthol. Soc. 27(3):717-737.

 

4

February

2-4

Aquatic Habitats: Oceans                 Reading:  Overview   

Aquatic Habitats: Nearshore Marine Habitats  

                                                              Reading:  Sandy Shores  Rocky Shores  Mangroves

Lab:  Dichotomous Keys / Identification              

Journal 1: Fisher SG 1997. Creativity, idea generation, and the functional morphology of streams.  J. N. Am. Benthol. Soc. 16(2):305-318.      

5

February

9-11

Aquatic Habitats: Coral Reefs          Reading:  Overview  Fish  Invertebrates

Physics and Biology of Scuba Diving

Lab:  Dichotomous Keys / Identification      Paper Outlines/ Bibliographies Due (11)

6

February

16-18

 

Exam 1

Lab:  Microcosms

7

February

23-25

Respiration in Water   Reading: Respiration   Lecture

Excretion in Water      Reading: Excretion     Lecture

Lab: Plankton                                          

8

March

2-4

Locomotion in Water   Reading:  Locomotion   Lecture   Beetles

Senses in Water          Reading:  Senses         Lecture

Journal:Peckarsky, B.L. and R.S. Wilcox. 1989. Stonefly nymphs use hydrodynamic cues to discriminate between prey. Oecologia 79:265-270. 

Lab:  Field Trip                                                   

 

March 9-11  Spring Break

9

March 16-18

Feeding in Water         Reading: Feeding   Lecture

Lab:  Aquatic Sampling

                                                                             Paper Final Drafts Due (March 19)

10

March

23-25

 

Lab:  Aquatic Sampling

Biological Water Quality Monitoring 

Reading:  The Role of Biological Criteria in Water Quality Monitoring, Assessment, and Regulation  

11

March 30

April 1

 

Lab:  Aquatic Sampling                                

Exam 2

12

April

6-8

Biological Water Quality Monitoring  Reading: 2008 Integrated Water Quality Report   Lecture

Lab:  Aquatic Sampling

                                                                                   Paper Rewrites Due (April 9th)

13

April

13-15

Local Watershed Action   Reading:                           Local Watershed Action

Lab:  ID

14

April

20-22

Presentations

Lab:  ID

Final Tuesday April 27th 2010 8:30 11:00 AM.

Practical:  Friday April 30th, 3:00-5:30 PM.