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Wetland Science & Ecological Processes


Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Wetland Science & Management.

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About this Course

This foundational course provides an interdisciplinary overview of wetland science and its associated professional practice. It considers wetland definitions and the physical, biological, and chemical characteristics and processes unique to wetlands and wetland functions. The class includes three all-day Saturday field trips to wetland ecosystems in the region.


  • The biological, physical, and chemical processes underlying wetland formation and functioning and how wetlands are integral elements of watersheds
  • Basic terminology and vocabulary related to wetland science and ecology and how  to use the rich corpus of wetland scientific literature
  • Identification, delineation, classification, rating and assessment of wetlands using standard professional tools
  • The effects of natural and anthropocentric disturbances — including climate change —  on landscape processes, wetland ecosystems and related aquatic resources
  • Wetland management practices


  • Collect and interpret field data for soils, hydrology and vegetation
  • Initiate the design of a research project at a wetland site for your practicum

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Wetland Science & Management.

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