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Summer Aquatic courses at Lake Itasca

Dave Czarnecki czdiatom at lcac1.loras.edu
Tue Mar 3 16:38:42 EST 1998


Please excuse multiple postings regarding these summer course announcements. 


     *Following a nearly 10-year hiatus, a freshwater algae couse will be
offered during the first summer session, June 16 - July 21, Wednesdays &
Saturdays, as Plant Biology 5811: Field Biology and Identification of
Freshwater Algae, 5 qtr. cr., Dr. Dave Czarnecki, Professor of Biology &
Curator, FDCC, Loras College 

Ecology and taxonomy of freshwater algae based on field-collected materials
from lentic and lotic environments of the Itasca area; emphasis will be on
genus-level identifications. Specific assemblages to be studied include
epipelon, epilithon, epiphyton, plankton, etc. and emphasis will be placed
on morphological and/or reproductive strategies of algae from these
assemblages. Identifications will be based primarily on morphological
attributes of living cells using various microscopical techniques. Students
will also have the opportunity to isolate organisms for potential cell

     *Also during the first session, June 16 - July 21, on Tuesdays &
Fridays, a special topics course will be offered as Biol 5850, Sec. 1:
Natural History of Fishes,  5 qtr. cr., Dr. M. Jon Ross, Resident
Biologist, Univ. of Minn. & Dr. Dan Siems, Associate Professor, Bemidji
State University.  This course originally was to be team-taught by Dr.
Gerald Kaufmann, Professor of Biology and Curator, Vertebrate Museum, Loras
College, who died suddenly this January. 

Identification, habitat associations, behavior, life history and ecological
relationships of freshwater fishes of the Itasca area.  Field techniques
and collection methods will be emphasized.

     *During the second session, July 23 - August 26, on Mondays and
Thursdays, a special topics course will be offered as Biol 5850, Sec. 2:
Aquatic Ecology, 5 qtr. cr., Dr. M. Jon Ross, Resident Biologist, Univ. of
Minn. & Dr. Dave Czarnecki, Professor of Biology & Curator, FDCC, Loras

A field oriented course during which groups of students are assigned
individual lakes of the Itasca area for study.  Techniques for collecting
biological, chemical and physical data are taught and implemented.  The
field experience provides a context for learning limnological principles
and exploring current theories.

     The Forestry & Biological Station is located on the east shore of Lake
Itasca in Itasca State Park, ca. 1 mile from the headwaters of the
Mississippi River.  Within the park are located numerous lakes, ponds and
bogs of many types.The Park embraces ca. 50 square miles of forests
traversed by an excellent system of roads and trails.  The forests of the
park are unique and result from the intersection of the northern coniferous
and deciduous types of the central hardwood region, while forty miles to
the west lie the prairies on the bed of ancient Lake Agassiz.  The Park is
therefore situated near the intersection of three great plant regions,
providing exceptional opportunities for studies of the varied flora and
fauna.  In addition, to the north lie the Red Lakes and the immense
expanses of northern bog peatlands.

     For more information regarding these and other courses at the Itasca
Station, please contact Ms. Dorothy Bromenshenkel, Secretary, Itasca
Biology Program, University of Minnesota, 303 Ecology, 1987 Upper Buford
Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108; phone (612) 624-6743; email
brome001 at maroon.tc.umn.edu.  You may also visit the UM-Itasca web page
(still under modification) at:

Please share the above with interested students and colleagues. 
* David B. Czarnecki                         Tel: (319) 588-7231    *
* Curator, FW ALGAE CULTURE COLLECTION       Fax: (319) 588-7964    *
* Department of Biology                      Fax: (319) 588-7292    *
* Loras College                                                     *
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* Dubuque, Iowa  52004-0178  U.S.A.        czdiatom at lcac1.loras.edu *
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