Lecture topics (order subject to change)

1) General introduction to lakes and lake types
2) The diversity of life in lakes
3) The hydrological cycle and lake watersheds
4) Water properties, heat and stratification
5) Water movements and oxygen in lakes
6) Major ions, conductivity and salinity
7) The phosphorus cycle and redox conditions
8) Carbon dynamics in lakes and pH
9) The nitrogen cycle, micronutrients and stoichiometry
10) Algae: diversity and factors controlling abundance and community composition
11) Zooplankton: diversity and factors controlling abundance and community composition
12) Trophic cascades and biomanipulations
13) Diversity and functioning of the littoral zone in lakes
14) Stream and river ecology
15) Experimental approaches for studying population and community dynamics in lakes
16) Paleolimnology: approaches and applications
17) Water use, distributions and climatic change
18) Eutrophication
19) Acidification and other atmospheric pollutants

Readings

Recommended: Inland Water Ecosystems: a textbook of Limnology by J. Kalff (Prentice-Hall, 2001)

 

Reserve readings include:
1) Limnology by R.G. Wetzel (Academic Press, 2007)
2) Limnoecology: The Ecology of Lakes and Streams by W. Lampert and U. Sommer, 2nd Edition (Oxford University Press, 2007)
3) Limnological Analyses by R.G. Wetzel and G.E Likens (Springer-Verlag, 2000).