I regularly teach two courses, “Freshwater Ecosystems” and “Concepts and Approaches in Ecosystem Ecology” and also teach special topic courses and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research. Freshwater Ecosystems is open to undergraduate as well as graduate students and the Ecosystems course is for graduate students. Freshwater Ecosystems is typically offered every fall and Ecosystems is offered in the spring semester and is currently co-taught with Nina Wurzburger and Ford Ballantyne. Both of these courses involve some interesting projects. In Freshwater Ecosystems we conduct a study on a local lake. In addition, students also conduct research projects on local streams. In the Ecosystems course, students also conduct projects on ecosystem functions and focus on concepts of resilience.
I also offer lots of research and internship opportunities for undergraduates in my laboratory, as well as supporting graduate student research. My students and I have a weekly lab meeting, where we discuss new papers as well as our own research findings. Below are syllabi for the two courses.
- Freshwater Ecosystems (ECOL/FISH/WASR 4310/6310, 4310L/6310L; example syllabus)
- Concepts and Approaches in Ecosystem Ecology (ECOL 8322; example syllabus)
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