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Wetlands: Ecology, Hydrology, Restoration

Course Outline

Course Logistics:

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Office hours: By appt. before and after class.

Course Texts:
Wetlands, 3rd Ed. W.J.Mitsch and J.G. Gosselink, John Wiley, 2000

Plus chapters from specialized texts such as:

Limnology, 2nd Ed. A. J. Horne and C.R. Goldman, McGraw Hill, 1994

Creating fresh water wetlands, D., CRC Press, 1997

Hydrology and management of watersheds, K. N. Brooks, Iowa State University Press, 1997

Wetlands: Characteristics and boundaries, Nat Res Council, Nat Acad.Press, 1995

Integrated watershed management in the global ecosystem, R. Lal (ed),CRC Press, 2000

Everglades: the ecosystem and its restoration, S.M. Davis, J. C Ogden, St. Lucie Press, 1994

Journal articles will be placed on the Brandeis University electronic reserve system, accesible to all students in the course. These will include articles from journals such as, Conservation Biology; Wetlands; Ecological Applications; Journal of Environmental Quality

Administrator: Roger Stern, Exec. Dtr., Marine Studies Consortium; Phone/FAX: 781-444-3643; Email: rstern at

For Possible Cancellations (due to inclement weather):
check Weather Alert. Cancellations will also be aired on WCVB Channel 5 and announced by voice message at 781-444-3643

Course Overview:
Course topics include:
Vital role of wetlands in the hydrology and ecology of global landscapes.
Function of inland and coastal marshes, swamps and bogs in water and nutrient cycles, and in support of biodiversity, from microbes to vertebrates. Biological links between wetlands and human activities, such as agriculture, coastal development, and fisheries. Legal framework for the protection and restoration of endangered wetlands. Prerequisites: One year of introductory science (geology or chemistry or biology or physics or engineering or economics); and two semesters of upper level (elective) science courses. Offerred Fall Semesters, annually.

There will be two midterm examinations, one on the hydrology, and the second on the ecology of wetlands (30% of final grade each). A final project, based on a pre-approved topic, will be required as a 15-page term paper as well as an oral class presentation (40% of final grade).

Textbooks and Scientific Literature:


Week 1
Wetlands definitions, functions, values, history

Week 2
Wetlands classification & categories

Week 3
Field trip

Week 4
Wetlands hydrology

Week 5
Wetland soils

Week 6
First midterm examination
Wetland ecosystems - primary production, nutrient fluxes. Aquatic plant biodiversity

Week 7
Wetland ecosystems - consumer food webs. Aquatic animal biodiversity

Week 8
Ecology of coastal and estuarine wetlands. Marine biodiversity, the fisheries connection

Week 9
Ecology of marshes, swamps, and bogs. Flood plain functions

Week 10
Second midterm examination
Regulations and the management of wetlands

Week 11
Wetland restoration and construction

Week 12
Constructed wetlands in irrigation and for waste water management. Special problems of tropical wetlands

Week 13
Global role of wetlands in the supply and quality of fresh water and in economic development. Economic valuation of ecoligical services. Presentation of student research reports

Week 14
Restoration of the Florida Everglades - a case history. Presentation of student research reports