Guidelines for Wetland and Riparian Ecology Assignments

 

Wetlands of the World

Invasive Species

     
Wetlands of the World (25 pts)
Due date: 
Prepare a 3 minute PowerPoint presentation about one of the wetland types or ecosystems listed below.  You may select one that is not on the list if you clear it with me.  There are brief descriptions in Chapters 3 & 4 of Wetlands.
Everglades/Big Cypress Swamp Okefenokee Swamp Pocosins Great Dismal Swamp
Nebraska Sandhills Kankakee Marsh Great Black Swamp Mississippi River delta wetlands
San Francisco Bay Prairie Potholes Okavango Delta The Panatal
Billabongs The Llanos European peatlands  

You must cover at least the following topics: location (a map would be nice), characteristics, unique biota (photos would be nice), and status/threats.

Your goal is to teach your colleagues about an area/wetland type about which they probably know very little.  Your classmates will judge the quality of your presentation and whether you have met this goal.

Project/Paper Requirements: 

     Select a topic which interests you.  The list below may give you ideas, but you are welcome to modify one of these or come up with an original idea.  Topics must be cleared with me.  All topics are first-come-first-served; i.e., only one person in the class may have any topic.  Prepare a 'paper' which thoroughly investigates the topic.  (I can't imagine that anyone could do this in less than 10 typed pages.)  The paper will be written in normal 'English-class' style.  This means that you must cite all relevant materials and have a Literature Cited section.  (Nota bene:  I am as picky of a grader on grammar and spelling as any English professor!)  This paper is worth 100 pts. 
     You will also present your project to the class during the last week of the course.  I strongly recommend a PowerPoint presentation.  This presentation will be judged by your classmates, and is worth 25 points.  
     It is strongly recommended that you submit a draft for my inspection and comments before the due date.
 

Item

What's Expected

Due Date

Points

Topic

Appropriate topic turned in on time?  

5

Outline

On time?  Well thought out?  

10

Content

What did you say?  How well was it said and supported?  Was it well researched?  Ample references and sources?  

60

Format

Perfect grammar, spelling, typing, citations and references?  

25

Presentation

How well did you share your findings with the class?  

25

   

Total

125

Possible Project Topics for Wetland & Riparian Ecology

This is a list of potential topics. You may do one of these, modify one, or choose something altogether different.


Invasive Species (25 pts)

Due date: 
Prepare a 3-5 minute PowerPoint presentation about one of the aquatic/wetland invasives listed below.  You may select one that is not on the list if you clear it with me. 
Alligatorweed

Alternanthera philoxeroides

Flowering Rush

Butomus umbellatus

Fanwort/Cabomba

Cabomba caroliniana

Australian pine

Casuarina species

Common Waterweed

Egeria densa

Water Hyacinth

Eichhornia crassipes

Hydrilla

Hydrilla verticillata

Old World Climbing Fern

Lygodium microphyllum

Purple Loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Australian Paperbark Tree

Melaleuca quinquenervia

Parrot Feather

Myriophyllum aquaticum

Eurasian Watermilfoil

Myriophyllum spicatum

Reed Canary Grass

Phalarus arundinacea

Curly Pondweed

Potomogeton crispus

Water Chestnut

Trapa natans

Waterlettuce

Pistia stratiotes

Common Reed

Phragmites australis

Japanese Knotweed

Polygonum cuspidatum/Fallopia japonica var. japonica

   

You must cover at least the following topics: photograph/drawing, source of introduction, characteristics, control measures, and whether it is found in PA.

Your goal is to teach your colleagues about a plant species about which they probably know very little.  Your classmates will judge the quality of your presentation and whether you have met this goal.  If you have taken the Invasive Species course, you may not use the same topic you presented in that class.

A useful website is http://aquat1.ifas.ufl.edu/welcome.html