Spring 2022 - GEOG 418 D100

Ecohydrology (4)

Class Number: 4760

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Willam Hahm
    Office: RCB6141
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    One of GEOG 311, GEOG 314, GEOG 316, GEOG 317, EASC 304, or EASC 405; one of GEOG 251, STAT 201, STAT 203 (formerly STAT 103), STAT 205, or STAT 270.



Interdisciplinary exploration of the interactions between plants and hydrologic processes, with an emphasis on primary literature. Topics covered include evapotranspiration, subsurface water storage in time and space, plant water relations, isotopes in water, biogeographical patterns, modeling, field methods, and the role of ecohydrology in Earth’s climate system. Mandatory field trip.


One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar weekly, plus one two-day (overnight) weekend fieldtrip.

Seminars will consist of student-led, instructor-moderated discussions of one primary ‘foundational’ research article and one recently published primary research article each week. Some background readings will also be assigned. No seminar first or last week of semester.

Lectures will also cover the process of science communication, including a study of the elements and format of peer-reviewed journal articles and presentation skills.

The mandatory overnight (Sat-Sun) fieldtrip will provide an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience with field methods and learn about local ecohydrological processes. The field trip will occur on March 12-13, 2022 at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge.

Further field trip details: Your mandatory supplementary fee (up to $250) covers transportation costs, main meals, and accommodation. Students should expect to be responsible for their own daytime snacks and outdoor wear (footwear, jackets, backpacks, etc.). Be aware that during the field trips there may be periods of strenuous hiking, hiking close to cliffs and crossing roads with busy traffic. Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. Further details regarding safety, meals, accommodation and field supplies will be discussed prior to the field trip. Students must at all times remain compliant with all student responsibilities, regulations, and policies as outlined in the current Academic Calendar, as well as relevant regulations and policies as outlined in the SFU Policy Gazette. This includes, but is not limited to, expected student conduct and the maintenance of appropriate medical insurance coverage.

Note: There will be no labs during the first week of class.

Spring 2022 courses will be delivered in person based on information available at the time of publishing the outline; please note the delivery mode is subject to change following Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and/or SFU recommendations and orders.


  • 1 primary paper seminar discussion lead (prepare presentations of primary figures and necessary background material, lead discussion) 20%
  • 1 term paper 30%
  • 7 one-page research article summaries 40%
  • Field trip participation 10%



Clothing for being outdoors in potentially inclement weather (rain, cold) on field trip; sleeping bag or blanket + sheets plus pillow for overnight lodging in cabins.


Writing Science
By: Joshua Schimel
Publisher:  Oxford University Press
Print ISBN: 9780199760237, 0199760233
eText ISBN: 9780199399123, 0199399123
$20/180 days on Vitalsource


Water Relations of Plants and Soils
Publisher: Academic Press
1st Edition
Authors: Paul Kramer John Boyer
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124250604 eBook ISBN: 9780080924113Imprint: Academic Press
E-book and hardcopy available for order at: https://www.elsevier.com/books/water-relations-of-plants-and-soils/kramer/978-0-12-425060-4

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.