Tuolumne River 2013

green lake with trees on the sides

This course seeks to introduce advanced undergraduate and early graduate students to multidisciplinary collaborative watershed and stream analysis through combined laboratory and field study of a selected stream system. Topics relating to management of stream systems will be discussed throughout with emphasis on the management of Sierra Nevada rivers in California. Students from diverse backgrounds will work in cooperative interdisciplinary research teams to collect and analyze field data from the Tuolumne River system. These teams will present the collection and results of the field data in the form of a 5-minute video due at the end of the class. Data collection will focus on key ecological issues relevant to management within the watershed: what are the impacts of regulated flow regimes on aquatic biota in the Tuolumne River watershed and what long-term monitoring data are needed to address on-going conservation strategies in the face of climate change?