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"Aquatic Ecosystems"

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A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Wetlands in Alabama

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A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Wetlands in Georgia

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A Delta Dynamics Collaboratory

An interdisciplinary team of geoscientists, engineers, and ecologists will develop and test high-resolution, quantitative models to predict river delta dynamics spanning shorter-term engineering to longer-term geologic t... More
Faculty & Staff

Abbott, John

My research focuses primarily on the biodiversity, biogeography and biology of Odonata (dragonflies & damselflies), particularly in North America and the New World tropics. My interests, however, vary widely. I also wo... More
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Adaptations to Marine Environments (MNS 483C)

The physiological basis for organismal and population-level responses to marine environments. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and either consent of instructor or the following... More
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Amos, Anthony F.

Tony Amos has been with The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas for the past 33 years. He officially retired in 2003 but continues an active role in the University as a Research Fellow doing long... More
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An Institutional and Legal Assessment of an Instream Aeration Project in the Houston Ship Channel

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Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK)

The Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) rehabilitates birds, especially aquatic birds, sea turtles, terrestrial turtles and tortoises. The ARK also deals with stranded (dead) sea turtles and marine mammals through our long ... More
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Aquifer Testing (GEO 191W)

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Austin Area Environmental Issues (UGS 302)

A freshman signature course. 18 students. Discussion format. Writing flag. Contents span a range of Austin environmental issues: water use, endangered species, green building, park management, recycling, etc. More
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Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership

The mission of the Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership is to support sustainable development and a healthy riparian ecosystem along the Austin to Bastrop River Corridor. It is a critical time to recognize the value... More
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Biological Oceanographic Processes (MNS 384T)

An advanced course in biological processes in oceanic and coastal waters, with emphasis on empirical and theoretical concepts of marine ecosystem dynamics, primary and secondary production, and detrital cycling. Three le... More
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Biological Oceanography (MNS354T)

Introduction to the organisms in the sea, their adaptations to the environment, and the factors that control their distribution and abundance. The course emphasizes laboratory and field work with organisms found in the c... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Biological Sciences Track - Environmental Science (BS)

Students in the Biological Sciences Track within the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program make their academic home in the School of Biological Sciences within the College of Natural Sciences. EVS s... More
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Biological Systems in Sustainable Design (BIO 386)

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Brackenridge Field Laboratory

Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) is a premier urban field research station for studies in biodiversity, ecosystem change and natural history. The lab is of critical importance to The University of Texas at Austin's to... More
Faculty & Staff

Buskey, Edward

Zooplankton Ecology Behavior and sensory perception of zooplankton; bioluminescence of marine plankton; predator-prey interactions; photobehavior; role of zooplankton grazers in phytoplankton bloom dynamics Estua... More
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Catch-and-Release Mortality Rates in Red Snapper

Red snapper are prized sport and commercial food fish everywhere they are found. Intense fishing pressure has caused the species to become one of conservation concern. Strict size limits require sport fishermen to rele... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Environmental Research (CER) at Hornsby Bend

The Center for Environmental Research at the Austin Water Utility's Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant is a partnership formed in 1989 with the City of Austin, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University to su... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Space Research

The University of Texas at Austin, Center for Space Research was established in 1981 to conduct research in orbit determination, space geodesy, the Earth and its environment, exploration of the solar system, as well as e... More
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Chemical Dynamics in the Environment (CE 397)

Environmental chemodynamics: interphase equilibrium, reactions, transport processes and related models for anthropogenic substances across natural interfaces (air-water-sediment-soil) and associated boundary regions. More
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Coastal Environmental Science in Texas Bays (MNS s152T)

"Practical studies of Texas coastal environments with various analytical and observation methods to better understand the health and functioning of coastal ecosystem. Specifically, the main foci of the class would be bet... More
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Coastal Studies Research

Coastal scientists at the Bureau of Economic Geology conduct research in Texas and around the world. The Bureau gained international recognition in the 1970's by using depositional systems concepts to map depositional en... More
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Coastal Watersheds (MSN F152T)

This field-based course will emphasize river water sampling and flow measurement techniques that are essential for estimating the transport of materials from land into the coastal ocean. More
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Collaborative Research. IPY: Arctic Great Rivers Observatory (Arctic-GRO)

The Arctic Great Rivers Observatory (Arctic-GRO) project will assess river constituent (chemistry, isotopes, nutrients) fluxes and discharge in the Ob\', Yenisey, Lena, Kolyma, Yukon and Mackenzie Rivers. These observati... More
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Collaborative Research: Chemical Weathering and Organic Carbon Export from Arctic Watersheds, North Slope, Alaska

Recent climate change has dramatically impacted the Arctic, and models suggest that accelerated effects will occur in the future as CO2 continues to accumulate in the atmosphere. Understanding this problem is important b... More
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Concepts in Marine Conservation Biology (MNS F352)

General principles and examples of conservation biology as applied to marine environments. Topics include biodiversity, fisheries, ecosystem management and human dimensions. Offered by video link from Port Aransas for st... More
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Concepts in Marine Conservation Laboratory (MSN F152L)

This course is taught in Port Aransas. More
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Desalination in Texas

Desalination of both seawater and brackish waters has been made a top priority in the State of Texas to satisfy the water needs of a growing population. Several large-scale demonstration seawater desalination projects ar... More
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Digging for Clams: The Invasive Asian Clam

Ever since invasive Asian clams slipped into American waters in the 1920s, they’ve been wreaking havoc. The small clams pack together, clogging cooling lines of power plants and polluting the water when they die off in... More
Faculty & Staff

Dunton, Kenneth

Dr. Dunton's research interests include benthic marine vegetation of subtropical and polar regions, including the biology of high latitude kelps and the ecology of subtropical seagrass and estuarine marsh communities; st... More
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Dynamics of Small-Scale Fisheries in Baja California Sur

Small-scale fisheries engage over 90% of the world’s fishers and produce over half the worlds annual marine fish catch, and are one of the dominant influences on coastal ecosystems. I am co-PI in an interdisciplinary r... More
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Early Life-History of Billfish in the Gulf of Mexico

The purpose of our project is to identify areas of the Gulf of Mexico with high densities of larval billfish. Very little information is known about the early life history of these fish, which is vital to producing sound... More
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Ecology and Conservation of the Spring Ecosystems of Cuatro Cienegas

The valley of Cuatrociénegas, in central Coahuila, México has the greatest number of endemic species of any place in North America (Stein et al, 2000). With its high biodiversity and more than 70 endemic species, this ... More
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Ecosystem Based Management Tools Project

Increased population growth in coastal areas can result in pollution, habitat loss and degradation, overfishing, invasive species, and increased threats due to coastal hazards. Understanding the linkages between land use... More
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Edwards Aquifer Working Group, ESI

The Edwards Aquifer Working Group strives to facilitate, coordinate and initiate diverse, multidisciplinary research and management efforts related to the Edwards aquifer of central Texas. Our diverse membership of acade... More
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Effects of Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico

The dead zone is an area of the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast where extremely low oxygen levels (hypoxia) at the ocean floor have killed or forced out marine organisms. Increased nutrients in the Mississippi Riv... More
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Environmental Change in the Western Amazon

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Environmental Modeling (MNS 385F)

Introductory course in modeling, with emphasis on the models used in ecology, oceanography, and earth sciences. Two lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate stan... More
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Environmental Science Professionalism I (EVS 141)

EVS 141 is designed for students entering their final year in the Environmental Science degree program and intended to provide graduating students with a perspective on the emerging field of Environmental Science by intr... More
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Environmental Uncertainties and Livelihood Thresholds in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

This research will combine insights from both social and natural sciences to understand how variability and uncertainty in time and space impact human-environment interactions. The project will examine social responses t... More
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Estuarine Ecology (MNS 352C)

General ecological principles of estuarine environments in Texas, including physiography, hydrography, and plant and animal community structure and productivity. Requires several field trips in addition to lecture hours,... More
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Field Methods in Groundwater Hydrology (GEO 376L)

Introduction to field methods, including geophysics, pump tests, stream gauging, well-logging, water sampling, and mapping. An intensive three-week course meeting eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, and four hours ... More
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Fishes of Texas Project

The Fishes of Texas Project has compiled a large database of historical and recent occurrences of fishes for the state of Texas and adjacent areas and makes it available to researchers and natural resource managers at ht... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Geological Science Track - Environmental Science (BS)

Students in the Geological Sciences Track within the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program make their academic home in the Department of Geology within the Jackson School of Geosciences. EVS studen... More
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Geomorphic Adjustment of the San Marcos River

This project began in spring of 2005 and studies the environmental implications of geomorphic adjustment of the San Marcos River due to human disturbances. More
Faculty & Staff

Gonzalez, Laura I.

Dr. Gonzalez is an Ecologist interested in both basic and applied population and community ecology of both marine and terrestrial organisms. Along the population lines, she is interested in the effect that the spatial d... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Graduate Portfolio Program: Integrated Watershed Science

The Integrated Watershed Science Graduate Portfolio Program is a certificate program that allows an interdisciplinary approach to the study and research of water issues by integrating already existing resources throughou... More
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Hendrickson, Dean

Dr. Hendrickson has focused his research on the evolution, conservation and ecology of freshwater ecosystems, particularly those of North American deserts and generally wih emphasis on fishes and Mexico. His most recent ... More
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Hodges, Ben

Dr. Hodges' interests are centered on environmental fluid mechanics. His work typically involves studying the physics of transport in surface water (lakes, rivers, estuaries and wetlands) and linkages between hydrodynami... More
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Holt, G. Joan

Dr. G Joan Holt is a world-renowned marine scientist and mariculture researcher. For over 38 years, Dr. Holt’s work has addressed vital issues surrounding fish ecology, captive culture, and development. Currently, Dr. ... More
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Holt, Scott

Scott Holt’s research career has spanned a diverse array of topics within fisheries & ecology, delivering insights into virtually every stage of the marine fish lifecycle. His primary focus is on the early life and eco... More
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Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory

The Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory is a program of the Austin Water Utility's Center for Environmental Research at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant. The 1200-acre Hornsby Bend site is located in southeast Austi... More
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Human Exploration and Exploitation of the Sea (MNS 367K; GEO 367K)

Review of the history of ocean exploration including major oceanographic expeditions. Discussion of current topics in ocean exploration and exploitation of marine resources, the impact of resource exploitation on biologi... More
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Humans and a Changing Ocean (MNS f309)

The course will cover the consequences of human-induced alteration of the marine environment including the impact on fisheries, marine mammals, food-web changes, and changes in species composition and ecological function... More
Centers & Institutes

Institute for Geophysics

The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) is known internationally as a leading academic research group in geology and geophysics. Founded in 1972, it is an Organized Research Unit within The University of ... More
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Integrated Watershed Sciences Working Group, ESI

Watersheds are spatially organized, scale-dependent landscape units, and therefore represent ideal frameworks for the integrated study of hydrology, ecology, geomorphology, and the various ways in which humans have alter... More
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Introduction to Oceanography (MNS 307; GEO 307)

Introduction to the sciences of oceanography: geological, physical, and biological. More
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Introduction to Science Outreach in Elementary Schools (CH207K)

Students develop and present level-appropriate science laboratories to students in local elementary schools. A hands-on, discovery learning approach to science is emphasized. One class hour and four hours of fieldwork a ... More
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Laboratory Studies in Marine Ecology (MNS 120L)

A laboratory course with two weekend field trips to the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas to perform ecological studies in the Texas coastal zone. Two weekend field trips, with pre- and post-field trip laboratory ... More
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Latrubesse, Edgardo

Edgardo Latrubesse's main research interests include the Neogene paleogeography, paleohydrology and paleoecology of Tropical South America, geomorphology, hydrology of large rivers and the impacts of human activities on ... More
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Leibold, Matthew

The field of ecology, and from my perspective especially the fields of community and ecosystem ecology, are in a state of tremendous and exciting change. In part this is due to improved methods and theories that are revi... More
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Marine Ecology (MNS 320; MNS 384J)

Study of ecological processes at different levels of integration in marine ecosystems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Biology 311D, and Chemistry 302 or 302H More
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Marine Environmental Science (MNS 354Q)

Application of the principles of marine science to the study of environmental issues: toxicology, biogeochemical cycles, and biological and ecological impacts of zenobiotic materials in the coastal zone. Three lecture ho... More
Centers & Institutes

Marine Science Institute

The Marine Institute is dedicated to the three central functions of a major university (research, education, and outreach) as they apply to the Texas coastal zone and other marine environments. As an organized research u... More
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McClelland, James

Environmental changes as a consequence of human activity, including changes in land use, land cover, and global warming, provide the context for much of my work. These changes are having a profound influence on the trans... More
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Min, Dong-Ha

Dong-Ha Min studies decadal-scale ocean circulation and property changes due to recent climate variability by using chemical tracer observation, data analysis, and modeling. Min has conducted the ocean change research in... More
Centers & Institutes

Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) develops and facilitates partnerships that enhance coastal decision making through an integrated program of research, education, and stewardship. The Missio... More
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Nature vs. Nature: Aquatic Invaders

Leibold, who’s in the process of transferring his research to Texas from Michigan, plans to rely on the resources, and the proximity to campus, of BFL to study the complex interactions between invasive species, the wat... More
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Principles of Marine Science: Topic 22, Oceanography (MNS 352)

Consideration of current understanding of the chemistry and biology of the oceans. Lectures, laboratory, and fieldwork. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the ... More
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Remote Sensing Working Group, ESI

The Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Working Group seeks to connect multidisciplinary efforts within the field. Group members study and model earth systems using remote sensing technology and geographic... More
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Rivers and Landscapes: Fluvial Geomorphology (GRG 338C)

Fluvial geomorphology is a comprehensive science that examines the evolution, structure, function, and dynamics of river systems. Because of the many ways in which humans alter rivers and landscapes fluvial geomorphology... More
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Seminar in Marine Science (BIO 101C)

Topics in biology that are especially relevant to current issues and problems in modern society. May not be counted toward a degree in biology. Some sections are offered on the pass/fail basis only; these are identified ... More
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Seminar in Marine Science (MNS 191)

Recent advances in the marine sciences, discussed by students, faculty and staff members, and guest lecturers More
Faculty & Staff

Shank, G. Christopher

Coastal waters are precious to many people for their natural beauty and recreational resources. Because of their allure, U.S. coastlines (including Texas) are experiencing rapid population increases and consequently, in... More
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Spawning and Rearing of Ornamental Fish and Shrimp

Ornamental fish and shrimp populations around the world are declining due to habitat loss and overexploitation. Coral bleaching, destructive fishing practices, boat propeller damage, and pollution are responsible for dec... More
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Species Geographic Ranges

All species have a defined and dynamic geographic distribution across space. I am interested in understanding the general processes that underlie the spatial variation in abundance of organisms and ultimately determine t... More
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System-Wide Monitoring Program

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) operates a System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) as a nationally-coordinated and standardized program. The goal of the SWMP is to develop quantitative measur... More
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Systematics and Conservation Status of Mexican Native Trouts.

While biologists have been aware of the existence of native Mexican trouts for over a century, they have received little study. The few early studies that did muchmore than mention their existence began in the 1930s and... More
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Tarpon Migration and Ecology

Tarpon once thrived off the coast of Texas (FAML’s home town of Port Aransas used to be called “Tarpon, Texas”). In the mid-1950’s fishermen observed a catastrophic crash in tarpon populations. To this day, we do... More
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Theriot, Edward

Dr. Theriot has studied freshwater and marine biology for the large part of his career, focusing on modern lakes and on paleontology of lakes. He mainly studies microscopic algae known as diatoms, which leave a dense fos... More
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Thomas, Peter

The release of toxic chemicals into marine and estuarine environments has increased dramatically as a result of rapid industrialization in many regions of the world, but the longterm ecological consequences of increased ... More
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Using Satellite Data and Fully coupled Regional Hydrologic, Ecological and Atmospheric Models to Study Complex Coastal Environmental Processes

This proposal seeks to improve our understanding of how linked upland and estuarine ecosystems respond to combined changes in the hydrological and nutrient cycles that result from changes in climate and land use/land cov... More
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UTEX The Culture Collection of Algae

The principal resource of UTEX is its extensive collection of living algae. Nearly 2,800 different strains of algae, representing approximately 200 different genera, are provided to the public at modest charge. The princ... More
Faculty & Staff

Villareal, Tracy

My research interests are in understanding the processes and interactions that structure phytoplankton communities. I have two major research areas: Harmful algal species (particularly ciguatera causing dinoflagellates a... More
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Water Pollution Chemistry (CE 390N )

Advanced topics in the application of engineering solutions to chemical problems in freshwater and marine environments. More
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Water Quality Modeling (CE 385K.3)

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. Mathematical modeling of water quality, including dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and toxic substances in lakes, reservoirs, and estuarie... More
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Water Quality: Stream, Impoundment, and Estuarine Analysis I (CE 385K.1)

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. Basic physical, chemical, and biological properties of streams, impoundments, estuaries, and coastal waters; methods for analysis of ... More
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Water Supply and Waste Disposal in Developing Countries (CE 397)

Unique considerations in engineering of water supply and waste disposal in undeveloped, rural areas. Public health issues and their impact on engineering. More
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Watershed Systems and Environmental Management (GRG 384C)

This graduate seminar examines the management of large lowland fluvial systems to environmental change. Large lowland fluvial systems are deceptively complex physical settings, constantly adjusting to various types of na... More
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Wildlife Conservation: The Evolution of Environmental Policy (PA 388K)

The course will explore the recent ways by which nations have engaged the natural world through the conservation of threatened and endangered wild animals and their habitats. The study of conservation policy gives us ins... More