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ESP 155. Wetand Ecology (3) I. Lecture-3 hours. Prerequisite: course 100 or Botany 117; course 110 or 151 recommended.
Introduction to wetland ecology. The structure and function of major wetland types and principles that are common to wetlands and that distinguish them from terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

ESP 155L. Wetand Ecology Laboratory (3) I. Lecture-1 hour; laboratory-6 hours; fieldwork-three 1-day weekend field trips.
Prerequisite: course 155 required (may be taken concurrently). Modern and classic techniques in wetland field ecology. Emphasis on sampling procedures, vegetation analysis, laboratory analytical procedures, and examples of successful wetland restoration techniques.

Lab Field Trips

Cosumnes Preserve Field Trip

Since 2003, dedicated Wetland Ecology Laboratory (ESP 155L) students have participated in vegetation distribution surveys of the Big Barn Slough in the Cosumnes River Preserve. Invasive species expansion, biomass sampling methods, leaf area index, and GPS techniques are emphasized.

Salt Marsh Field Trip

The salt marsh field trip takes students to China Camp State Park on the northern San Francisco Bay. This salt marsh is relatively pristine, with meandering tidal channels and native species. During the trip, students will be exposed to the common salt marsh species and their ecology. They will explore techniques for measuring vegetation cover, water depth, salinity, REDOX, and soil sulfides.

Tahoe Basin Field Trip

The Tahoe trip exposes students to a variety of alpine wetlands located in the Tahoe basin of the Sierra Nevadas. Lake Audrian is a typical alpine small lake, Pope Marsh is a heavily impacted marsh adjoining Lake Tahoe, and Grass Lake is a 'quaking fen' located in the far southern Tahoe basin.