FISH 423: Aquatic Invasion Ecology (Fall, odd years)
Biological invasions are an agent of significant environmental change and are among the leading threats to aquatic biodiversity worldwide. The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the patterns, drivers and consequences of animal invasions in freshwater, estuary and marine ecosystems. We will accomplish this through a combination of lectures that will examine various elements of aquatic invasions followed by the discussion of a series of case studies. Throughout the course attention will be paid to invasive species and their effects in the aquatic ecosystems throughout the globe and the Pacific Northwest.
FISH 560: Applied Multivariate Statistics for Ecologists (Fall)
With recent advances in data collection technology and ambitious field research, ecologists are increasingly required to use multivariate statistics to explore and test for patterns in their data. The goal of this course is to introduce upper-level students in the ecological sciences to the multivariate statistical techniques necessary to carry out sophisticated analyses and evaluate the literature. This is a practical, hands-on course (using your own data) emphasizing the analysis and interpretation of multivariate analysis, and covers the majority of approaches in common use by ecologists.
FISH 101: Water and Society (Winter)
Despite the abundance of water on Earth, the small proportion that is fresh is coming under increasing pressure as human populations increase and climate warms. These global changes are generating new conflicts between the needs of humans and the basic requirements of aquatic ecosystems. It is now abundantly clear that there are limits to the amount of water that can be withdrawn from aquatic ecosystems before their natural functioning and productivity, native species, and the services and products they provide to people become severely degraded. Resource managers and political leaders are becoming increasingly cognizant of these limits as they are being confronted with endangered species or water quality regulations, and changing social values concerning ecological protection. In the face of prevailing management practices and growing demands for fresh water, will society be able to sustain healthy aquatic ecosystems capable upon which human populations rely so heavily? This course is intended to provide an overview of the environmental issues associated with human interactions with aquatic ecosystems, and explore how social changes might reduce human impacts on fresh water systems.