Fall 2022 - BISC 414 D100

Limnology (3)

Class Number: 1727

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2022
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Lance Lesack
    llesack@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-5633
    Office: RCB 7225
  • Prerequisites:

    75 units of credit in a science program, including BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better or GEOG 215, or permission of the instructor.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An integrated examination of biological, chemical and physical processes in lakes and running water ecosystems. Interactions among biological, chemical and physical controls on the structure, function and dynamics of aquatic ecosystems are emphasized. Environmental problems resulting from human disturbances to aquatic ecosystems are examined.

COURSE DETAILS:

Course Topics:                           Introduction to aquatic ecosystems
                                                Lake origins and geomorphology
                                                Lake hydrology and water balance
                                                Water, light, and heat
                                                Hydrodynamics
                                                Primary production and dissolved gases
                                                Major nutrients
                                                Phytoplankton communities
                                                Bacteria and microbial communities
                                                Macro-zooplankton communities
                                                Fish communities

Cross-Cutting Themes:                Comparative and regional limnology
                                                Zoobenthos and running-water communities
                                                Eutrophication and acidification of aquatic ecosystems
                                                Global change and aquatic ecosystems

 

Organization:  Two one-hour lectures and one four-hour laboratory session per week.  There will be no laboratory work in the first week of classes.

Grading

  • Laboratory Assignments 25%
  • Term Paper/Project 25%
  • Presentation of Paper/Project Progress (3-min thesis) 10%
  • Final Examination 40%

NOTES:

Organization:  Two one-hour lectures and one four-hour laboratory session per week.  There will be no laboratory work in the first week of classes.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

:  Custom Courseware Package. 2022.  Readings in Limnology.  SFU Bookstore.

 

Wetzel, R.G., G.E. Likens. 2000.  Limnological Analyses, Third Edition.  Springer, New York (ISBN - 0387989285).

 

Wetzel and Likens (2000) is available as an eBook.  Additional readings drawn from the research literature and "classic texts" will be assigned through the term.


REQUIRED READING NOTES:

Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:

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