Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): William Kleindl
This class will examine the science of wetland ecology and its application to the
management of the resource. Through this course, students will explore wetland ecosystem
fundamentals via text books, contemporary literature, short lectures, videos, group
discussions, and a semester long term-project. Students will study hydrological and
geomorphic processes at the watershed and site scale, how these processes drive wetland
hydrology and hydric soil development and maintenance, and how these factors are influenced
by and interact with the biological systems. Through this study we will focus on the
nature of ecosystem processes (succession, nutrient cycling, and biotic interactions)
that define ecological function of wetlands. Students will understand how these varied
processes drive wetland classification systems and define the range of ecosystem functions
particular to each classification. We will explore the geographic distribution of
freshwater wetlands, and focus on how wetlands and their associated organisms adapt
to environmental challenges across bioregions. We will examine how these adaptations
are compromised by direct disturbance from land use decisions and indirect disturbances
from atmospheric pollution and climate variability. We will expand into an understanding
of how disturbance impacts wetland ecological functions and how this influences ecosystem
services important to agricultural and urban areas. Finally, we will address how these
aquatic systems, their functions and the services they provide to society interact
with the regulatory landscape.
Meeting Place and Times
Participants log in to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule.
It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 8 - 10 hours per
week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related
assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.
William Kleindl, PH.D. has 28 years of experience working as an aquatic ecology research
scientist and consultant throughout the United States assisting private and public
clients with policy development; permit assistance; resource delineation and mapping;
and mitigation design, implementation and monitoring.
Rebecca Manners, PhD.
General Biology, General Ecology. Graduate Standing.
8-10 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method
of delivery, you may require more time.
Tuition and Fees
See the Online Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid page.
If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.
- Ecology of Freshwater and Estuarine Wetlands
Author(s): Dr. Darold P. Batzer, Rebecca R. Sharitz
Publisher: University of California Press; 2 edition (December 6, 2014)
ISBN 10: 0520278585
Price new: $74 (Less expensive used copies and electronic versions are available online.)
- Internet access
- A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.
This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course
For More Information
Please contact Marni Rolston 406-994-2029
How to Register
You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.
Learn how to apply.
After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration
Registration requires a PIN number. Learn how to find your PIN.
Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.