University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

ENSC-140: Limnology

Michael A. Anderson
218 Sciences Lab I
(951) 827-3757

water basin photo

A one quarter course offered each spring detailing the physical, chemical and biological properties and processes within surface water systems. The course serves as an elective for undergraduate Environmental Science students and as one of the introductory core classes for graduate students in Soil and Water Sciences (cross-listed as SWSC-140). The course is also taken as an elective by undergraduate and graduate students in Environmental Engineering and other programs.

Text: Limnology, 3rd ed. (Wetzel, 2001)

Topics covered in class include:

  • Hydrologic cycle
  • Distribution, origin and types of lakes
  • Properties of water
  • Light in lakes
  • Heat in lakes and thermal stratifcation
  • Water movement in lakes
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Alkalinity
  • Nitrogen and phosphorus in lakes
  • Phytoplankton
  • Zooplankton
  • Aquatic macrophytes
  • Benthic animals and fish communities
  • Food chain and populations dynamics
  • Paleolimnology
  • Wetlands
  • Estuaries
  • Simple surface water quality models

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Environmental Sciences
Geology 2460

Tel: (951) 827-5116
Fax: (951) 827-4652