FW 5510 Peatlands


 





Instructor:
Rod A. Chimner
Office #114,  SFRES
Phone: 487-1464
rchimner@mtu.edu

 

Goals

In this class you will develop an in-depth knowledge of peatland process, forms and classifications from local to global scales.

 

Course Structure

This is a graduate level discussion course.  Each student in the class will lead a discussion during the semester and I expect all students to participate in and prepare two questions for each discussion.

 

 


Peatland Links

 

Peatnet

Society of Wetland Scientists and Wetlands

Wetland Ecology and Management

International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG)

International Peat Society        

Global Peatland Initiative (GPI)

RAMSAR          

Wetlands International

Irish Peatland Conservation Council

IUCN

Suoseura Finnish Peatland Society     

German Peat Society DGMT

British Ecological Society Mires Research Group

The Wise Use of Mires and Peatlands

 


Required Text:
The Biology of Peatlands. Hakan Rydin and John K Jeglum. 2006. Oxford University Press. ISBN13: 9780198528715, ISBN10: 019852871X (The brown book (B))


Recommended Texts:

Boreal Peatland Ecosystems. 2006. Wieder, R.K.; Vitt, D.H. (Eds.). Ecological Studies , Vol. 188. 435 p. ISBN: 978-3-540-31912-2. $179.00. (The green book (G)).

Developments in Earth Surface Processes #09: Peatlands: Evolution and Records of Environmental and Climate Changes. 2007. I.P. Martini, A. Martinez Cortizas, W. Chesworth (Eds.). Elsevier Science. # ISBN-10: 0444528830, # ISBN-13: 978-0444528834. $181.00 (The orange book (O)).

 

 

 


Schedule

http://www.forest.mtu.edu/classes/fw5510

Week

Topic

Brown Book

Green

Book

Orange Book

1

Peatland introduction, terminology and classifications

1

 

 

2

Diversity of life and plant adaptations

2

5,6

 

3

Sphagnum

4

4

 

4

Peat and organic soil

5

 

 

5

Peat archives

6

 

6

6

Peatland succession and development

7

3

 

7

Productivity and carbon cycling

12

8

 

8

Decomposition

12

7

 

 

Spring Break

 

 

 

9

Carbon cycling and modeling

12

9,14

 

10

N,P, and S

9,10,

11

 

 

11

Hydrology

8

13

14,15

12

Tropical Peatlands

 

 

7

13

Forestry and disturbances

 

16

 

14

Climate Change