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ENV 312 - Wetlands Ecology and Management

Course Stats

Instructor(s): Curt Richardson

Units: 3

Semester Offered: Fall

Description

http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/programs/courses/environ312.html

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Student Opinions

Be prepared to learn reduction chemistry in this class.  Redox reactions are basic chemistry but it seems that many struggled with soil reduction concepts and they are extremely important in wetland management.  There will be a few weeks where you go over the biogeochemistry of the wetland soils.  Thoroughly understanding the background concepts of oxidation states and reduction/oxidation reactions will make it easy to understand concepts like occluded phosphorous or the order of elemental reductions in the soil.  It's not as hard as it sounds, if you spend an hour with a chemistry book before-hand it will make this class much easier and enjoyable.

This course is taught with copious notes and a very helpful textbook.  Learning is also taken outside to visit the Duke SWAMP site as well as a trip to the coast to see a great variety of wetland ecosystems.  I agree with the chemistry mention above- I would also suggest making good use of the TAs. 

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  • Mitsch, W. and J. Gosselink, 2007. Wetlands. 4th ed. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Hoboken, New Jersey.
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