Theory and Application of Stable Isotopes in Ecology (Fish 511)
Stable isotopes are now a common tool used in ecological investigation. This course will use the primary literature to understand the theory underlying the use of different stable isotopes to improve understanding of the mechanisms driving patterns and processes in a wide variety of ecosystems. We will focus on using stable isotopes to (i) estimate sources of organic matter and energy to consumers and ecosystems, (ii) estimate sources of natural and anthropogenic nutrient sources to ecosystems, (iii) identify migratory patterns of mobile animals, (iv) estimate primary production rates by autotrophs, (v) reconstruct trophic linkages in food webs, and a variety of other applications that are common in ecology.
Limnology (Fish/Biol 473/474)
Ecology, conservation and management of inland aquatic ecosystems. Explores interactions among biological, chemical and physical features of lakes and other aquatic habitats.