Wetlands (NRS 358)

2016-09-13 14.31.32.jpgCourse Description

In this wetland science course we discuss the ecology, biology, conservation, and management of wetlands. The lectures and discussions are complemented by frequent field trips to a variety of wetlands to discuss their natural history and classification.  Students also spend a significant amount of time conducting independent field work for their ‘Adopt-a-Wetland’ semester-long project.

Lectures – MWF 2-2:50

Labs/Field trips – T 1-4 

The aims of this course are for students to:

  1. be able to define what a wetland is from the perspective of a scientist, a land manager, and a policy maker
  2. become knowledgeable about the ecology and natural history of wetlands
  3. recognize and interpret different types of wetlands in the upper Great Lakes region
  4. identify common wetland plants and their families in northern wetlands, and learn proper methods for collecting and preparing herbarium specimens
  5. become familiar with wetland functions at local and broad landscape scales
  6. be aware of natural and anthropogenic disturbances influencing wetlands
  7. learn about techniques used to create, restore, and maintain wetlands
  8. become familiar with wetland laws and regulations
  9. be able to apply wetland delineation techniques to make informal environmental assessments of wetlands in the region
  10. become more aware of surroundings and develop a stronger sense of place in the Great Lakes Region, and for students to be able to apply this knowledge to the interpretation of the natural history of wetlands in the eco-regions that they have or will call ‘home’