TEACHING

Undergraduate

Spring 2018 term:

  • Water Quality and Natural Resources Management, FW 3400
  • Water Quality Canvas Page (must be registered at the University of Missouri to view link)

    Water Quality: Introduction to broad aspects of water quality science, management, and policy. Topics include aquatic ecology, eutrophication, lake and coastal management, water supply and treatment, watershed management with respect to agriculture and urban development, and toxicology.

    Instructor: Dr. North

  • Stream Ecology and Hydrology, Env Sc 4001/7001, FW 4002/7002
  • Stream Ecology and Hydrology Canvas Page (must be registered at the University of Missouri to view link)

    This senior/grad course in stream ecology will provide students an opportunity to increase their knowledge about the ecology of flowing waters. The course will cover physical and biological elements of fluvial ecosystems, with a focus on mechanisms and processes and the discussion of critical issues associated with the conservation and management of streams and their biota. The course is built around lectures, assigned readings, and class and home activities.

    Instructor: Dr. Argerich


Fall 2018 term:

  • Watershed Management and Water Quality
  • Watershed Management and Water Quality Canvas Page (must be registered at the University of Missouri to view link)

    This course will provide students an opportunity to increase their knowledge pertaining to land use practices and watershed management, and the physical principles of precipitation, infiltration, evapotranspiration, overland and subsurface flow, stream flow, and groundwater flow; the flow paths and transit time of water and pollutants in a watershed; and the application of field measurements and analytical computations used to quantify hydrologic processes, land use impacts and identify best watershed management practices. The course is built around lectures, assigned readings, quantitative exercises, and labs.

    Instructor: Dr. Argerich

  • Lake Ecology (Limnology), NR 4100/7100, BS 4100
  • Lake Ecology (Limnology) Canvas Page (must be registered at the University of Missouri to view link)

    This senior level/grad course in aquatic ecology is multidisciplinary, and designed for students who wish to learn about freshwater inland lakes and streams, with a focus on lake productivity. The course will cover the physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting life in freshwater. The course is taught at an ecosystem level, i.e., processes and concepts are emphasized. Human influences, management options, and current issues will be examined with readings and assignments. The course gives an introduction to the morphometry, physical properties, geochemistry, biology, and ecology of streams, rivers and lakes, with main emphasis on the ecological aspects. It is built around the lectures (usually 3 per week) and assigned readings. Most of the assigned readings are in the recommended textbook (Kalff and Downing), and are intended to complement the lecture material by providing further explanation and examples. On completion of the course, students will be better prepared for careers in the environment (e.g., lake and fisheries management, and habitat assessment).

    Instructor: Dr. North

  • Methods in Aquatic Ecology
  • Methods in Aquatic Ecology (must be registered at the University of Missouri to view link)

    An introduction to methods used to sample and characterize the ecological structure and function of aquatic ecosystems is included in the course as a lab component. Field trips to lake, wetland, and stream sites are combined with subsequent laboratory analysis of samples and data. Laboratories will emphasize analytical methods and experimental design.

     

Graduate

Spring 2018 term

  • Advanced Limnology, F_W 8450
  • Advanced Limnology Canvas Page (must be registered at the University of Missouri to view link)

    This new graduate course will cover the physical, chemical, and biological processes of lakes and streams emphasizing biological production, water quality, and emerging issues. This seminar-style graduate course will familiarize students with the limnological literature. Students will learn how to critically read, interpret, and evaluate journal publications. They will learn the publication process from beginning to end with the opportunity to provide perspectives and assessments of emerging manuscripts in the limnological field.

    Instructor: Dr. North

  • Analysis of Environmental Data using R, NAT_R 8001
  • Analysis of Environmental Data using R Canvas Page (must be registered at the University of Missouri to view link)

    This course aims to provide participants with hands on training in the application of statistical techniques useful for the analysis of environmental data. Broadly, this course will focus on data preparation and management, using graphical exploration, transformation and outlier identification. We will use statistical models to conduct hypothesis testing and regression analyses. Finally, the course will provide an introduction to multivariate ordination techniques, such as principle component analysis and canonical correspondence analysis, commonly used to summarize patterns in environmental data. The course is directed towards graduate students working in various fields of environmental sciences. Prereq: an undergraduate course in statistics, understanding of basic concepts, such as correlation and regression.

    Instructor: Dr. Bhattacharya

     

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