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Biogeochemistry (Ecological) Fall 2006 CIE 457/657 EFB 415/610 Monday and Wednesday 12:45 pm to 2:15 pm Illick 16 Instructors: C.T. Driscoll and M.J. Mitchell.

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1 Biogeochemistry (Ecological) Fall 2006 CIE 457/657 EFB 415/610 Monday and Wednesday 12:45 pm to 2:15 pm Illick 16 Instructors: C.T. Driscoll and M.J. Mitchell

2 Objectives 1. To explain the principals of biogeochemical cycling in ecological systems. 2. To acquaint the student with the methodology needed to carry out research in biogeochemistry.

3 Books Required 1. W.H. Schlesinger (1997) Biogeochemistry: an Analysis of Global Change. Second Edition. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, 588 pp. 2. G.E. Likens and F.H. Bormann (1995) Biogeochemistry of a Forested Ecosystem. Second Edition. Springer-Verlag, NY, 159 pp.

4 Evaluation Proposal 5% Midterm15% Class Discussion15% Final Presentation15% Final Written Report25% Final25%

5 August Schedule DateTopicLecturer or Discussion Mon., 8/28/06Introduction to courseDriscoll Wed., 8/30/06Major pools and processes in biogeochemistry Driscoll

6 September Schedule DateTopicLecturer or Discussion Mon., 9/4/06Labor Day No Classes Wed., 9/6/06Small watershed approach with special attention to HBEF. Introduction to student projects and presentations. Driscoll Mon., 9/11/06InstrumentationDriscoll Wed., 9/13/06History of Biogeochemistry Handout on student lead discussions. Mitchell Mon., 9/18/06Introduction to Carbon Preliminary project topics due for student proposals Mitchell Wed., 9/20/06Carbon (continued)Mitchell Mon., 9/25/06Discussion on carbon and global changeMitchell Wed., 9/27/06Student Proposals

7 October Schedule DateTopicLecturer or Discussion Mon., 10/2/06Yom Kippur No Classes Wed., 10/4/06Student Proposals Mon., 10/9/06Introduction to biogeochemistry of nitrogen Driscoll Wed., 10/11/06Nitrogen (continued)Driscoll Mon., 10/16/06Nitrogen (continued) Nitrogen biogeochemistry of HBEF. Mid-term take-home exam given to students Final written proposals due Driscoll Wed., 10/18/06Discussion on nitrogenDriscoll Mon., 10/23/06Phosphorus Mid-term exam due Mitchell Wed., 10/25/06Limnological and loading information and a phosphorus total maximum daily load (TMDL) analysis for Onondaga Lake S. Effler (Guest Lecturer) Mon., 10/30/06Discussion on P and EutrophicationMitchell

8 November Schedule DateTopicLecturer or Discussion Wed., 11/1/06MercuryDriscoll Mon., 11/6/06SulfurMitchell Wed., 11/8/06Sulfur (continued)Mitchell Mon., 11/13/06Discussion on acidic depositionMitchell Wed., 11/15/06CationsDriscoll Saturday, 11/18/06 Symposium of Student Presentations9:00 am to 4:30 pm (Food and beverages provided) Mon., 11/20/06Cations (continued)Driscoll Wed., 11/22/06Thanksgiving Break No Classes Mon., 11/27/06Ecological StoichiometryK. Schulz (Guest Lecturer) Wed., 11/29/06Cations – DiscussionDriscoll

9 December Schedule DateTopicLecturer or Discussion Mon., 12/4/06Summarization of class Last Day of Class Final Take Home Examination Given to Students Mitchell Wed., 12/6/06No Class Fri., 12/8/06Project Due Fri., 12/15Final Due

10 Project  Analysis and interpretation of biogeochemical data (Not a term paper) Due Dates Preproposal18 Sept. Oral presentation of proposal 27 Sept. and 4 Oct. Proposal16 Oct. Oral presentation of results 18 Nov. Final paper (10 pages)8 Dec.

11 Discussion Topics  Not lecture but class discussion  Divide into groups Carbon (global change) Nitrogen Phosphorus Acidic Deposition Cation Management and Ecosystem Health

12 Plagiarism  The University's policy on academic dishonesty states: "The submission of any work by a student is taken as a guarantee that the thoughts and expressions in it are the student's own except when properly credited to another. Violations of this principle include giving or receiving aid in an exam or where otherwise prohibited, fraud, plagiarism, the falsification or forgery of any record, or any other deceptive act in connection with academic work. Plagiarism is the representation of another's words, ideas, programs, formulae, opinions, or other products of work as one's own, either overtly or by failing to attribute them to their true source" (Section 1.0, Syracuse University Academic Rules and Regulations).


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