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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

SPEA-S 440: Honors - Wetlands: Biology & Regulation
Professor Christopher Craft*
Section 6962 MW 9:30-10:45am
F 8:00am-12:00pm
PV A 223

Meets with SPEA-E 440


Wetlands Ecology emphasizes the ecosystem structure and function of freshwater and estuarine wetlands, the ecological services they provide and their value to society. The course focuses on seven basic areas:

  • Characteristics used to identify wetlands (vegetation, soils, hydrology)
  • Classification of wetlands
  • Plant and animal adaptations to anaerobic conditions
  • Wetland community structure and ecosystem processes
  • Biogeochemistry of wetlands
  • Wetland functions and values
  • Management of wetlands, including jurisdictional wetland delineation, hydrogeomorphic (HGM) assessment of wetland function and wetland creation & restoration.

  • Readings:
  • Wetlands by W.J. Mitsch and J.G. Gosselink (2007) 4th edition. The textbook readings will be supplemented by a course-pak that can be purchased from Classpak Publishing and by reserve readings.

  • Section 4371
    Section 4371