Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Aquatic ecosystems

ENV-321

Lecturer(s) :

Battin Tom Ian
Flury McGinnis Sabine

Language:

English

Summary

Inland waters are now being recognized are major players of global biogeochemical cycles. They also provide essential ecosystem services such as fresh water and fish, and link continental processes with atmospheric and marine processes. The understanding of the structure and function of inland water

Content

  1. Introduction and a brief history of the freshwater science
  2. The physical basis of lotic and lentic ecosystems
  3. Nutrient cycling in inland waters and the connection to marine anoxia
  4. Ecosystem metabolism
  5. Inland waters and the global carbon cycle
  6. Biodiversity dynamics and metacommunity ecology
  7. The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services

Keywords

Inland waters, streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, groundwater, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

Power point presentations

Expected student activities

Interactions and discussions with teachers

Feedback and respond to questions

Feedback in an appropriate manner on the content and its presentation

Assessment methods

Final written exam (80%) and active participation to weekly discussion of papers and other material (20%).

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No
Others

Tuesday 11:00 to 12:00

Assistants:

Asa Horgby, Marta Boix Canadell

In the programs

  • Passerelle HES - SIE, 2017-2018, Spring semester
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Aquatic ecosystems
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Aquatic ecosystems
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German