Limnology Lecture -- EFB 524

Fall 2006

Description:  Limnology is the study of inland waters – lakes, streams, and reservoirs.  Some of the topics that will be covered in this course include:  the origin of lakes; the importance of chemical and physical properties; the biogeochemical cycling of elements (e.g., carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus); the ecology of aquatic organisms (bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos, macrophytes and fish); the pollution and eutrophication of freshwaters; a comparison of lake, stream and reservoir ecosystems; paleolimnology; food-chains and food-webs; energy flow; and case studies of whole lakes.  This course should give the student a basic understanding of limnology, including developments in current research.  Grades will be based on exams, applied problem exercises, and a literature critique; extra credit opportunities will be available throughout the semester.  A brief outline of the lecture notes and some visual aids will be posted on the web (www.esf.edu/efb/schulz) after each class.

A separate course, Limnology Laboratory, EFB 525, is available for students who want more hands-on experience with sampling and aquatic organisms.

Professor:  Kimberly L. Schulz
Contact information: 456/454 Illick Hall, 470-6808; kschulz@syr.edu
Office Hours: (456 Illick) Mondays 1:00-2:00 PM; Fridays 9:30-10:30 AM or by appointment

Teaching Assistant:
Cynthia Watson; lwatsonr@syr.edu;
Office Hours: (106 Illick) Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 PM; Thursdays 11:00 AM-noon

Textbook:
The readings are meant to complement lecture material and are available in on the website (follow link to the campus website).  I would encourage anyone interested in a career related to aquatic science to purchase Wetzel 2001.  This is an excellent reference source, and I've included relevant pages in Wetzel (Wetzel, R.G. 2001. Limnology: Lake and River Ecosystems. Third Edition. Academic Press) for each lecture if you need further clarification or additional information.  Some of the required readings are from this text.  If you would like a CD or a hard copy of the readings, I can provide one for a small fee (printing/disk).

Syllabus

(Help with 'backwards' limnological graph making in Excel)

Link to ORGANISM FLASH CARDS

LINK TO LITERATURE CRITIQUE ASSIGNMENT AND PAPERS

       Some Common Problems with Literature Critiques -- Avoid these!

Literature Critique Grading Breakdown

HIGHER QUALITY FIGURES FOR APS 5 QUESTION 4

Month Date Day Lecture Topic Readings
(on cww website)
Wetzel Optional Reading Due
Date
Aug. 28
M Introduction Kalff 1-7  
  30
W Origin of lakes Wetzel 15-17; 23-34  
Sept. 1
F Origin of lakes


  4
M NO CLASS (Labor Day)
   
  6
W Morphology and zonation
Hydrologic cycle
Kalff 34-42; 129-134;
43-48
 
  8
F Hydrologic cycle/Light in Water


 
  11
M Light in water Wetzel
49-69
 
  13
W Thermal stratification and lake mixing
Wetzel
Cole
9-14; 71-92
 
  15 F Water movements – physical properties
Horne&Goldman
93-128

  18
M
Water movement, cont./
Origin of dissolved substances
Wetzel

169-186

AP1

20
W Dissolved oxygen
Kalff
151-168

  22
F pH, alkalinity, and organic carbon
Wetzel
187-204
 
  25 M Bacteria and biogeochemistry; microbial loop
Kalff
397-412; 489-525
 
  27 W Iron and redox reactions Dodds
Kalff
289-306

 
  29
F Redox continued/Phosphorus cycling ESA special pub.
Wetzel
239-269

AP2

 Oct. 2
M NO CLASSES (Yom Kippur)




4
W Phosphorus, cont./Nitrogen cycling
ESA special pub.
Wetzel
 205-237  
  6
F Integration of nutrient cycling/
Review for Exam I     

 
  9
M EXAM I -- PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL LIMNOLOGY
answers to practice questions

  E1
  11
W Littoral biota and wetlands
Wetzel
Kalff
527-575; 577-582; 812-820  
  13 F Wetlands, continued


 
  16 M Stream Biota Wetzel
Dodds
Allan
17-23; 139-142; 665-710

 
  18
W Stream Biota, cont.


  20
F Phytoplankton Diversity
Wetzel
Dodds
331-339  
  23 M Phytoplankton Ecology
Lampert
Kalff
339-358

 
  25 W Phytoplankton Ecology, cont
Lampert
Kalff
134-139; 142-149
359-393

 
  27 F Zooplankton Diversity  Lampert
Kalff
396-397; 412-416; 428-433
APS3
  30
M Zooplankton. Ecology
Lampert
417-428
 
Nov 1
W Zooplankton Population Dynamics/Integrated Plankton Ecology
Lampert
Wetzel
433-448; 468-483; 449-460

 

3
F Integrated plankton ecology, continued
Lampert
460-464 APS4

 
6
M Review for Exam II  Answers to Review Questions



  8
W EXAM II -- BIOLOGICAL LIMNOLOGY


  E2
  10
F Current topics in benthic and stream ecology Limburg 710-724; 832-836; 839-840
  13 M Estuaries and Salt lakes Nybakken
Dodds
Vareschi
 
  15 W Food webs and control Lampert
Wetzel
 464-468  
  17 F Acid rain Kalff
Lampert

 
  20
M Acid rain, cont./Pollution and cultural eutrophication Dodds
Kalff
269-288; 825-832; 836-839 LC
  22
W NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

 
  24 F NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)
   
  27
M Pollution and eutrophication, cont.



 
29
W Exotic species in aquatic systems
Mills
Dodds
(ESA pub. optional)
 785-804  
Dec. 1
F Paleolimnology and global change
Wetzel
Kalff


  4
M Paleolimnology and Case studies, cont.
Rowell   APS5


  6
W Killer Lakes Kling    
  8
F
Review for final exam    Final Review Questions and Answers


 
                               EXAM – CUMULATIVE FINAL – Integrative Limnology – Friday 15 December, 8:00-10:00 AM, 212 Marshall
                                                                                                                                 Alternate early exam, Monday 11 December 10 AM-noon, 127 Illick

Grading
 
Applied problems (APS1-5) 25%
Literature Critique (LC)
10%
Exam 1 (E1) 20%
Exam 2 (E2) 20%
Final Exam 25%

Extra Credit Opportunities:
    15 'Review Questions of the Week'              1 extra credit exam point each
    Review Bonus Games Before Tests              1-3 bonus points
    Aquatic Book review                                    up to 5% of course grade
        (see me by 1 November to arrange this)

Late Policy:

If you find that you have several assignments or outside obligations due on the same day, see me before the Limnology assignment is due, and we can work out a reasonable extension. If you don’t contact me before the assignment is due, I will generally accept late assignments, but at a late penalty of 10% per day. So, obviously, if you anticipate difficulty with completing an assignment, you should contact me early! I will not accept late problem sets after the answer key has been posted (usually at the next class period).
Honor Code
ESF and SU students are bound by an academic honor code that details rights and responsibilities for study. You should be aware that this code provides serious sanctions for academic dishonesty (including but not limited to plagiarism and cheating). I expect that you will follow the honor code. Any violation of the honor code will result in failing the assignment and/or failing the course. If you have any questions about the ESF honor code or about what constitutes plagiarism or cheating, please either check the ESF website or come speak with me.
Class Absence
If you encounter a situation beyond your control during which you will be missing 3 or more days of classes, you can contact the Office of Student Life (110 Bray, (315) 470-6660, FAX: (315) 470-4728), and they will contact all your instructors for you.  Supportive documentation may be required.


Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you have an identified disability and will need accommodations, you should first contact Mr. Slocum in the Office of Student Life in 110 Bray Hall.  He will discuss the ESF process and work with you to access supportive services.  If you have a learning disability, the College will require you to provide supportive documentation and will develop an approved accommodation sheet for you.  Accommodations cannot be provided until the accommodation sheet is established and we have met to discuss its applicability to this course.  Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively.  If you have any questions about class absences or disabilities, please contact me and/or Mr. Slocum as soon as possible.  All conversations will be strictly confidential.
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