A wet and peaty existence (PLE day 6)

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Student examining the submerged aquatic plant, Myriophyllum spicatum (Eurasian water milfoil).

The Pymatuning wetlanders began this rainy Monday morning by examining adaptations of plants to the wetland environment. Hydrophyte leaf anatomy, carnivorous plants, aerenchyma tissue, venturi-induced convection, pressurized ventilation, and much more!

During lunch, Jessica Hua (the fabulous course TA) gave a presentation on the identification of some common wetland macroinvertebrates (i.e., invertebrates that are large enough to easily see with your naked eye). She was careful to emphasize which ones bite and which was do not, and I suspect that the students appreciated this information. :)

Students sorting macroinvertebrates after collecting them.

Students sorting macroinvertebrates after collecting them in the marsh.

We then headed out in the field and began sampling the macroinvertebrate communities at several different wetlands. The students will quantify community composition at these different places, and assess the potential environmental controls on community structure. Below is a 5-minute video that highlights our sampling fun…

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Posted on June 11, 2013, in Teaching, Wetland Ecology & Management (PLE) and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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