Academic Catalog

BIOL438 FRESHWATER ECOLOGY

Course Code: 2380438
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Department: Biology
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. MERYEM BEKLOLU
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Content

This course aims to introduce the students to both theoretical and practical aspect of freshwater ecosystems. There will be a brief introduction on properties of water, interactions of freshwater with land and atmosphere, their origins and evaluation of fresh water animals. The course will cover the interactions of chemical, physical and ecological characteristics of freshwater bodies including plankton, aquatic plants, fish and productivity of the edges and bottoms of rivers, their floodplains (including swamps and marshes), lakes, pools and other standing bodies. Theoretical aspects of these will be combined with the field sampling and laboratory analyses.