Freshwater Conservation – FWE 375/875 (offered in spring)

Course Description: Aquatic ecosystems support rich biological diversity and provide vital ecosystem services. At the same time, aquatic ecosystems face increasing challenges from changes in land use and climate, demands for water and hydropower, and a growing human population. In this course we will discuss issues at the intersections of ecology, conservation biology, and natural resource management of freshwaters and their watersheds. Course topics will include an emphasis on threats to freshwater biodiversity, linkages between terrestrial and aquatic landscapes, and water management challenges. The course format will include short lectures, out of class readings and video, discussions, and individual or group activities.