Prerequisites: Sophomores and up. One course in each of the following: Ecology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Satisfies requirements for: BS, PitE Practical Experience, Biology Lab, and EEB Field/Research
Meets: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Instructor: Marcin Dziuba
“This was definitely the best course I’ve ever taken.” Limnology student, 2011
Below the surface, lakes hide a fascinating world of intriguing organisms and complex interactions! We will study the physical, chemical, and biological components of lakes to understand the functioning of these ecosystems, assess their quality and identify threats. That means lots of boat time and outdoor activities. We will learn about lake dwelling organisms and their roles in lakes and we will use this knowledge to design our own small research projects. The amount of time spent outdoor vs. indoor is flexible, depending on the weather and your preferences. You will learn lake sampling, microscopy skills, experimental design, and collecting and analyzing ecological data (we will use R for analysis, no prior experience necessary).