Robert Joseph Turner
Examines the chemical and physical processes that influence the fate of nutrients and contaminants in natural surface, ground, and soil waters. Addresses basic environmental chemistry in natural waters and soils, potentially important inputs, transformations and movement, and the environmental impacts of nutrients and contaminants.
This will be a course devoted to conducting and assessing water quality research. The class meets once a week (Thursday afternoons) for four hour blocks. This will give us the time to conduct field work in various locations. Expect to spend a lot of time outside. Field and laboratory activities on Thursdays will be balanced with readings and assignments to be done during the rest of the week. Data will be shared and discussions will be had on the course Blackboard. Students will be expected to conduct significant research projects during the quarter, culminating in a formal research report.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Some lectures Many class discussions Regular reading and homework assignments Periodic field trips Some lab work
Students should have taken a few college level science courses. Although there is no strict prerequisite, it would be helpful to have completed one or more of the following courses: Science Methods and Practices Hydrogeology Environmental Monitoring Practicum Environmental Chemistry
Class assignments and grading
Several homework assignments Midterm exam 2 Research Progress Reports Final Research Report Presentation