Aquatic entomology focuses on the insects and other invertebrates that call aquatic habitats home. Students will learn about basic anatomy and taxonomy of aquatic invertebrates, evolution & biogeography, biomechanics and locomotion, feeding strategies, diet and metabolism, reproduction and development, and sensory systems. Students will have opportunities to learn aquatic invertebrate taxonomy through hands-on work and microscopy. They will learn to identify aquatic insects to order, family, and lower taxonomic levels using dichotomous keys. Students will either set up home laboratories or, if possible, meet on-campus in microscopy labs for aquatic insect identification and sketching important features.
This program is designed for students who have a strong background in college-level biology and chemistry and an interest in applying ecological principles to freshwater ecosystems. Students can contact the faculty (firstname.lastname@example.org) to take this as a 4-credit “Aquatic Entomology” module within the broader program Freshwater Ecology & Aquatic Entomology.
To be successful in this program, students should have a laptop (mac or PC) with reliable internet connection. The majority of the work in the program will be asynchronous (meaning you can complete it at your own pace on your own schedule). There will be about two hours of synchronous work (scheduled video conferencing or possibly on-campus lab time) each week to build community and provide opportunities for students to ask faculty questions and work together on problem-solving. If students find themselves unable to participate in the synchronous or on-campus meetings due to technology, living situations, care-giving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.
Students need to have a foundation in both college-level biology and chemistry to understand Aquatic Entomology. Students need to have successfully completed at least 2 quarters of General Biology and 2 quarters of General Chemistry to earn upper division credit in this program.
Contact the faculty to be enrolled in the 4-credit option for Aquatic Entomology section of Freshwater Ecology & Aquatic Entomology
Ecology, restoration, environmental science, biology, entomology
If on-campus work is not possible, a $75 student fee will be used to send students field and laboratory gear for use in home lab exercises.
Upper division science credit will be awarded for the completion of upper division work across components of the program. Students need to have a foundation in both college-level biology and chemistry to understand Aquatic Entomology. Students need to have successfully completed at least 2 quarters of General Biology and 2 quarters of General Chemistry to earn upper division credit in this program.