EVL385 - Aquatic Ecosystems

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Subject Title
Aquatic Ecosystems

Subject Description
Leonardo da Vinci stated that ?water is the driving force of all Nature.? The degradation of streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands not only results in a lowering of water quality, but impacts other ecosystems and even the human economy as well. This subject explores the definition, structure, and biology of different types of freshwater ecosystems in Ontario. Consideration is given to the stewardship of healthy ecosystems and the
restoration of degraded ones.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Know the characteristics which define the different categories of freshwater and wetland ecosystems
  2. Understand the OMNR process of wetland evaluation in Ontario
  3. Know the resources and procedures involved in plant animal identification
  4. Be able to identify a list of aquatic plants, fishes and herptiles common in Ontario
  5. Know the life histories and habitat requirements of the common aquatic animal species of Ontario
  6. Know the biotic and abiotic factors composing aquatic habitat
  7. Know the materials used in bioengineering of degraded shorelines, streams and wetlands
  8. Know the techniques of planting and restoring aquatic habitat
  9. Be able to apply the theory of aquatic biology to the design of water gardens

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