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Algae in Freshwater Ecosystems - EEB 457

Course Description

Have you thanked a diatom today? These microalgae provide the oxygen for every third breath you take!

Algae are also leading indicators of water quality, both in terms of eutrophication and toxic blooms, and as exquisite manifestations of pristine waters. In this course, you will explore algal communities in habitats including the Great Lakes, marshes, streams, quaking bogs, and fens. You will develop fundamental identification skills and a better understanding of algae’s role in environmental impact assessment.