Spring 2023 - GEOG 418 D100

Ecohydrology (4)

Class Number: 2524

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: 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.

The course will also cover the process of science communication, including a study of the elements and format of peer-reviewed journal articles and presentation skills.
Seminars will consist of student-led, instructor-moderated discussions of one primary research article from the peer-reviewed each week. Some background readings will also be assigned.
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 25-26, 2023 at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge.

Further field trip details: Your mandatory supplementary fee (up to $255) covers transportation costs, main meals, and accommodation. Additionally, students should expect to pay up to $50 to the Geography Department to cover transportation (partial) and accommodation costs; supplementary fee will be confirmed in the first 3 weeks of classes. 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 in the first week of class


  • 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 40%
  • Field trip participation 10%


Under SFU's Education Site License, SFU students, staff, and researchers may download the following software to home computers for academic use ONLY. This includes teaching and classroom use and research purposes. 

Software available to download/install on home computers

  • Microsoft 365
  • ESRI Applications such as ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ESRI CityEngine, etc.
  • Matlab with Named User License
  • Adobe CC with Named User License*

* ONLY those who are in SFU payroll are eligible for Adobe CC with Named User License



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


Ecohydrology: Life and Water in the Critical Zone
By: Porporato, Yin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print ISBN: 9781108840545
eTEXT ISBN: 97811088889811


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Registrar Notes:


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