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EEB 3247 Limnology
Fall 2011

Lecture Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:15 in TLS 301
Lab Meeting Time: Thursdays 12:00 - 4:00 in TLS 179
Textbooks: Dodson S.I., 2005. Introduction to Limnology 1st Edition. McGraw-Hill.
Giller P.S. and B. Malmqvist, 2008. The Biology of Streams and Rivers. Oxford University Press.


Dr. Mark Urban
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 200A
Phone: (860) 486-6113
Office hours: by appointment

Jessie Rack (Teaching Assistant)
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 211
Phone: (860) 486-6154
Office hours: by appointment

Course Procedures

Photo by J. M. Rack
Photo by J. M. Rack

Overview of Course:
The main objective of the course is to introduce you to the dominant physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms determining the ecology of inland waters. A secondary objective is to teach field sampling and research techniques pertinent to aquatic research. Classes will integrate lectures on core concepts with field and laboratory experiences In addition, an independent research project would be used to integrate concepts and also allow students to design, implement, analyze and communicate their own scientific research.
Limnology can be taught with various foci. I teach the course as an upper level ecology class focused on aquatic systems. If you have not taken ecology or evolution, you may need to do some supplementary work to catch up. See me within the first week to discuss this possibility.

  • Field and lab exercises are mandatory. Field trips cannot be made up. If for some reason you think that you will be unable to make any field trips, consult with me in advance.
    • We will leave for field trips at exactly 12 pm. Please arrive at the lab on time.
      • This is a field course. Ecologists go out regardless of the weather, and so will we. You are responsible for bringing appropriate rain or cold weather gear.

The two texts for the course are listed below. Both can be purchased from online sources such as or at the UConn Co-op.
Dodson, Stanley. 2005. Introduction to Limnology. McGraw Hill. ISBN: 007287935-3
Giller, Paul & Bjorn Malmqvist. 2008. The Biology of Streams and Rivers. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0198549772

Class requirements and grading:
You must attend each class. Your grade will be based on two exams, completion of lab reports, a group research project and participation in field and lab exercises:
Midterm and Final Exams: 50
Lab Reports (2): 20
Research Project: 20
Participation/Quizzes: 10
TOTAL: 100 pts

Notes on class requirements:

  • The two exams will cover material covered in both lectures and labs. The final exam will be cumulative. Also expect one or more pop quizzes on reading materials.
  • I require lab reports which provide succinct descriptions and analyses of data collected during lab and field exercises.
  • You will also have time to perform a field or laboratory research project, of your design but requiring my permission. These projects can be performed individually or in small groups (3-maximum). Results will be presented by all individuals during the last lab meeting.
  • Participation means showing up, completing all assigned readings on time, and actively taking part in lectures and labs.
  • All students must adhere to all safety intructions at all times, especially while on water bodies, or you will be prevented from further participation.