The focus of this course will be on watershed ecology and principles of watershed restoration. Areas covered include natural river form and function, anthropogenic disturbance to rivers and watersheds, designing and conducting assessments of river ecosystems using techniques in accordance with US EPA methodology, chemical and physical river restoration techniques, and data analysis techniques to assess effectiveness of watershed restoration projects. The course will employ a combination of lectures, readings, and applied hands-on experiences. Lectures and reading assignments from the primary literature will present the theoretical basis of river ecology and principles of restoration. Field trips to restoration sites, work on a current restoration project, stream ecosystem sampling, data analyses, and report writing will reinforce principles presented in class. NOTE: This course is at the Raystown Field Station and requires instructor permission.
- Teacher: George Merovich
JC_SEMESTER: 23 SP