Wetland ecology at Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology – Day 1
PLE Day 1, a set on Flickr.
What is a Wetland? Today was the first day of an intensive three-week field course in wetland ecology and management. The students visited several nearby wetland sites and began thinking about what a wetland is, the diversity of wetland types, the biogeochemical processes that take place in these systems, and how plants deal with submerged and waterlogged conditions. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s field trip to Morgan Swamp Preserve in Ohio.
We stopped at the Pymatuning reservoir spillway for lunch. It is unbelievable to me that they allow (and promote) the feeding of the carp. The continual influx of bread (there really are people out there throwing bread into the water all day, particularly on the weekends) has led to big phosphorus problems and algal blooms. The video below shows the unreal density of the carp.
Here is the course website: https://sites.google.com/site/wetlandecologymanagement/