(3 credits) 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
The study of the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems is undertaken in this course. There is an emphasis on freshwater systems. The goal is to understand how physical, chemical, biological and anthropogenic factors influence population dynamics and community structure in aquatic ecosystems. Laboratory and field research methods used in aquatic ecology are introduced. Current literature and case studies in various areas of aquatic ecology will be critically reviewed. Aquatic biodiversity issues and sustainability issues are emphasized. The interactions and integration of industrial systems with natural aquatic systems will also be reviewed.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of semesters 1 and 2 of Direct Entry, Bachelor of Applied Science - Environmental Science program or equivalents or consent of the department.