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Pictures from previous classes (click to enlarge)

2011 Class near Hellertown Marsh

Becoming "one" with Quakertown Swamp, 2011

Wetland assessment at Quakertown Swamp, 2011

Eric Klein demonstrating the identification of hydric soils, 2011

2007 class at Quakertown Swamp

2006 class at Tannersville Bog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wetland Science, EES-386, 4 credits

**Next Offered Spring 2013**

Course description

An examination of the biophysical structure of wetlands and the factors controlling wetland structure and function. Emphasis on the responses and feedbacks of wetlands to natural and human-induced environmental variability. Topics include: wetland classification and delineation; the origin and development of wetlands; biotic adaptations to the wetland environment; wetland hydrology and biogeochemistry; wetland vegetation dynamics; and wetland restoration. Integrated activities with ES-4xx (Wetland Policy and Valuation) provide an interdisciplinary exploration of science and policy issues involved in wetland management. Lectures, laboratories, applied activities, and field trips. Prerequisite: EES 152 or consent of instructor.

Instructor

Bob Booth, 244 STEPS

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Example schedule (Spring 2011) (This course is currently being revised to include an interdisciplinary exploration of science and policy issues, primarily in the form of activities with ES-4xx (Wetland Policy and valuation) so some of the details and organization will change the next time it is offered)

LECTURE SCHEDULE

PART 1: WETLANDS & WETLAND SCIENCE

1/18 INTRODUCTION TO WETLANDS
1/20 WETLAND LAWS & WETLAND FUNCTIONS
1/25 WETLAND CLASSIFICATION, DELINEATION, & MAPPING
1/27 No class (University weather cancellation)
2/01 WETLAND HYDROLOGY I
2/03 WETLAND HYDROLOGY II
2/08 WETLAND BIOGEOCHEMISTRY I
2/10 WETLAND BIOGEOCHEMISTRY II
2/15 ADAPTATIONS OF WETLAND BIOTA
2/17 ADAPTATIONS II, PRODUCTIVITY, & DECOMPOSITION
2/22 Exam 1 (During lab period)
 
PART 2: COMMUNITY & ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY OF WETLANDS
2/22 COASTAL WETLANDS I: SALT MARSHES
2/24 COASTAL WETLANDS II: MANGROVE SWAMPS & FRESHWATER TIDAL WETLANDS
3/01 FRESHWATER MARSHES I
3/03 FRESHWATER MARSHES II: THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES
SPRING BREAK No class
3/15 FRESHWATER SWAMPS & RIPARIAN WETLANDS I
3/17 RIPARIAN WETLANDS II & PEATLANDS
3/22 PEATLAND ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHIVES
3/24 WETLAND ECOSYSTEM DEVELOPMENT I
3/29 KETTLEHOLE PEATLAND DEVELOPMENT (GUEST LECTURE BY ALEX IRELAND)
3/31 WETLAND ECOSYSTEM DEVELOPMENT II
4/05 Exam 2 (During lab period)
 
PART 3: GLOBAL CHANGE AND WETLANDS
4/05 CLIMATE CHANGE, WETLANDS, AND WETLAND-ENVIRONMENT FEEDBACKS I
4/07 CLIMATE CHANGE, WETLANDS, AND WETLAND-ENVIRONMENT FEEDBACKS II
4/12 HUMAN IMPACTS ON WETLANDS
4/14 WETLAND RESTORATION & CREATION
4/19 WETLAND RESTORATION & TREATMENT WETLANDS
4/21 RECENT CLIMATE CHANGE & WETLANDS (GUEST LECTURE, ERIC KLEIN)
4/26 TREATMENT WETLANDS
4/28 COURSE REVIEW & THE FUTURE OF WETLANDS
5/03 Cummulative Final Exam

LAB SCHEDULE

1/18 GETTING TO KNOW WETLANDS: USGS WETLAND TUTORIAL & FWS WETLAND MAPPER
1/25 CATEGORIZING WETLANDS: WETLAND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS
2/01 WETLAND HYDROLOGY
2/08 WETLAND HABITAT ASSESSMENT USING GIS
2/15 PLANT ADAPTATIONS TO WETLANDS
2/22 EXAM 1
3/01 WETLAND VEGETATION I: "The Top 75"
3/15 WETLAND VEGETATION II: "The Top 75"
3/22 WETLAND VEGETATION III: "The Top 75"
3/29 Field Trip: Hellertown Marsh
4/05 EXAM 2
4/12 Field Trip: Tannersville Bog
4/17 All-day Field Trip (Sunday): Quakertown Swamp
4/19 No lab, discuss papers in small groups
4/26 Field Trip: Hellertown Marsh