ESCI 430: Limnology
Fall Quarter

Instructor: Leo Bodentseiner
Office: ES442 Phone: 650-7375 email: Leo.Bodensteiner@wwu.edu
Office hours: MWF 9:00-10:20 (sign-up near door) and by appointment
Text: Limnology: Lake and River Ecosystems by R. G. Wetzel, 3rd edition
Course description: Ecology of lakes and standing water bodies, with emphasis on physical, chemical, and biological factors that determine biological productivity and the impacts of human activities on lakes.
Grades
1. Midterm examination35%
2. Final examination40%
3. Writing assignments25%
Grading: A 93+; A- 90+; B+ 88+; B 83+; B- 80+; C+ 78+; C 73+; C- 70+; D+ 68+; D 63+; D- 60+; F <60

Week

Topics

Chapter

I Introduction to course;
Lakes: formation and location
1, 2, 3, 4
II Physical factors: heat, light, and wind 5, 6, 7
III Physical factors: heat, light, and wind (cont) 5, 6, 7
IV Chemical factors: dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide, pH, and salinity 9, 10
V Biogeochemical cycles: nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon 11, 12, 13, 14

MIDTERM EXAM
VI Biogeochemical cycles (cont)  
VII Aquatic communities: organisms and food chain dynamics 15, 16, 17
VIII Aquatic communities (cont) 18, 19, 20, 21
IX Productivity and change in aquatic systems 8, 22, 24
X Applied limnology: anthropogenic effects  

FINAL
Writing Assignments
Course Outline