Biology 315: Wetland
and Riparian Ecology
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Jerry Skinner; Capwell Hall 208;
CLASS MEETINGS: Lecture: T-R 11:00
am-12:15 pm, Capwell 302.
Inclement weather meeting time: 12:00-12:45 pm.
Mitsch, W. J. and J. G. Gosselink. 2000. Wetlands, 4th ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. NY.
582 pp. ISBN
DESCRIPTION (modified from the College catalog):
will focus on major concepts in wetland ecology including history, wetland
definitions, identification of habitat types, and wetlands functions and values
to society. We will examine wetland classification systems, wetland hydrology,
soils, plants and plant communities, state and federal jurisdiction and
policies, regulatory issues and trends in wetland conservation, protection and
management. Delineation and various assessment techniques will be
discussed and demonstrated in the field. Includes field trips to on- and
off-campus sites. Prerequisites: General Ecology (BIOL 214);
relevant Field Biology courses such as Wildflower Identification are
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon
completion of this course, you will be able to
Occasionally you will be assigned readings outside of
your textbook. These will be left on reserve in the library, or in some
other readily available place.
||3 @ 25 pts
||50 pts per half semester
Attendance and due dates: Your presence is expected
at EVERY lecture. You will notice that attendance is not
included in the grading scale. You do not gain points by carrying out your
responsibility in showing up. There will be no makeup tests without a verifiable
excuse of a very serious nature. Makeups will be at my convenience and
will be an oral test. Late assignments will not be accepted for any
reason. Assignments are due AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS on the due
date. If they come in after that time, they are late!
Cowardin, Lewis M. 1979.
Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of
the United States. U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center,
Cronk, Julie K. and M. S. Fennessy.
Wetland Plants: Biology and Ecology. Lewis Publishers.
Eastman, John. 1995. The
Book of Swamp & Bog: Trees, Shrubs & Wildflowers of the Eastern Freshwater
Wetlands, 1st ed.
Stackpole Books. ISBN: 0811725189
Keddy, Paul A.
Wetland Ecology: Principles and Conservation (Cambridge Studies in Ecology).
Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 0521783674.
1989. Wetlands Ecology and Conservation: Emphasis in
Pennsylvania Academy of Science. IBSN-0-945809-01-8.
Richardson, J. L.
Wetlands Soils: Genesis, Hydrology, Landscapes, and
Press. ISBN: 1566704847.
Tiner, Ralph W. 1999.
Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland
Identification, Delineation, Classification and Mapping.
Lewis Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 0873718925.
Tiner, Ralph W. 2005.
In Search of
A Wetland Sourcebook and Field Guide, Second Edition.
Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-3681-2. 336 p.
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