Welcome to the Ecology of Aquatic Communities web page. On this page, you will find general information on the course syllabus, lecture schedule, select lecture notes, additional readings, links to recommended web sites, and class photos.
This course explores the biological, chemical and physical features of lakes and streams. These features are related to general ecological concepts and environmental concerns. The course focuses on the invertebrate and fish communities, and the physiological adaptations of species to the aquatic environment. Theoretical approaches and practical techniques will be addressed.
In addition, this course includes considerable
field work. The laboratory introduces you to a variety of aquatic
ecosystems and species and relevant sampling procedures and equipment.
The laboratory experience is essential to this course.
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Office hours: MWF 10-11
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Course syllabus: assignments, evaluation, and lecture and lab schedule
Stream Suvey Spring 2005 (Cayuga Inlet)
Stream Suvey Spring 2003 (6-Mile Creek)
List of families and genera, Cayuga Inlet headwaters, Lytle & Peckarsky 2001 Inlet
Recent lecture PowerPoints are available:
Intro to Insects 1
Intro to Insects 2
Organic Material 1
Organic Material 2
Competition and Biomonitoring
Dispersal and Gene Flow
The 1986 Lake Nyos Gas Disaster in Cameroon, West Africa by Kling, G. et al., Science, New Series, Vol. 236, No. 4798. (Apr. 10, 1987), pp. 169-175.
The last sturgeon? by K. Leutwyler, 1998. Scientific American.
Anchovies to Sardines and Back by Chavez et al., 2003. Science, 299:
Open the floodgates! Powell, K. 2002. Nature, 420:356-358. (not available on-line)
Cichlid Fish Diversity Threatened by Eutrophication That Curbs Sexual Selection, by Seehausen et al., 1997. Science 1997 277: 1808-1811
Spatial and temporal impacts of a diesel fuel spill on stream invertebrate by Lytle, D.A., Peckarsky, B.L. 2001. Freshwater Biology 46, 693-704.
Web Resource Links
American Stonefly Webpage
An Introduction to Benthic Macroinvertebrates - This site give you a brief introduction to the type of benthic macroinvertebrates that can be found in different aquatic ecosystems and how they can be used as indicators of water quality. It also give information on biomonitoring.
Aquatic Ecology Page (links)
Aquatic Insect Gallery
Aquatic Insect Photographs by Thomas Ames Jr.
Benthic Macroinvertebrates in freshwaters - taxa tolerance values, metrics, and protocols
Canada's Aquatic Environments - This site is divived into sections on plants, animals, habitats and human interactions. Very nicely produced with tons of information, links and great graphics!
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology - The CRC for Freshwater Ecology (CRCFE) exists to improve the condition of Australia's inland waters. This link brings you to their home page. Search their site, follow their links for more freshwater ecology information!
Environment Canada - Protocols for measuring Biodiversity: Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Fresh Waters
EPA: biological indicators of watershed health
Benthic Ecology and Aquatic Entomology Homepage
This site contains detailed information on benthic invertebrate orders (with pictures!) and detailed descrioptions of the use of members within the orders as biological indicators.
Freshwater Ecology Lynx - This site is a JACKPOT for freshwater ecologists. It's devoted to all kinds of links dealing with freshwater ecology, including.... Governmental Lynx, Map Lynx, NGO's & Professional Organization Lynx, Research Lynx, Misc. Related Lynx, Chat & Bulletin Board Lynx, Water Quality Lynx, EcoLynx Library of Freshwater Ecology, Popular Literature, Peer-Reviewed Literature, Libraries, AND ....an OnlineReference Desk.
Geocities Links to Aquatic Life & Ecology (links)
Journal of the North American Benthological Society - archives and abstracts
Jim Marden (Penn. State Univ. faculty website): includes evolution of flight in stoneflies
Infotrac - this link brings you to Ithaca College Library's infotrac search engine where you can search Expanded Academic ASAP for scientific journal articles and print abstracts or full text articles
Limnology (course website for Lander University; links)
Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources - Freshwater Benthic Macroinvertebrates
Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources - Freshwater Benthic Macroinvertebrate Key
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Research
National Council for Science and the Environment - this link brings you to a cyberspace universe of environmental information. Updates, pending federal legislation, maps, on-line environmental journals, and jobs - you name it, it's here.
NY Federation of Lakes Association (links)
New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation: Key to Aquatic Macroinvertebrates Highly Recommended!!!
North American Benthological Society - ( links for aquatic insects) The North American Benthological Society (NABS) is an international scientific organization whose purpose is to promote better understanding of the biotic communities of lake and stream bottoms and their role in aquatic ecosystems, by providing media and disseminating new investigation results, new interpretations, and other benthological information to aquatic biologists and to the scientific community at large. This link brings you to their home page.
Odonata (dragonfly/damselfly) Larvae of Michigan
Pennsylvania Aquatic Insects
Plecoptera (stoneflies) of Pennsylvania
SOS the stream study - macroinvertebrate key
The Saskatchewan Aquatic Insects Page
Tim's Aquatic Macroinvertebrate ID Links
Trichoptera (caddisflies) of Pennsylvania
US Army Corps of Engineers: Aquatic Plant Control Research Program
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the only agency of the U.S. Government whose primary responsibility is fish, wildlife, and plant conservation. The Service helps protect a healthy environment for people, fish and wildlife, and helps Americans conserve and enjoy the outdoors and our living treasures. This link brings you to USFWS's home page.
US Geological Survey - Mayflies of the United States (incl. by state)
US Geological Survey - Stoneflies of the United States (incl. by state)
VCSU Macro-Invertebrate Lab - Digital Key to Aquatic Insects of North Dakota
The Wonderful Caddis Worm: Sculptural Work in Collaboration with Trichoptera
Society - Aquatic Insect Conservation
Some excellent sources for environmental updates and news articles:
Environmental News Network
Envirolink News Service
PlanetArk Environmental News
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