Nutrient Cycling Contents
- Section One: Introduction to Nutrient Cycling
Introduction to nutrients and the effects of eutrophication. Micro- vs. macronutrients. Pools, fluxes, and cycling. Cycling diagrams of nutrients, water, and energy.
- Section Two: Nitrogen Cycling
Introduction to the primary stages of nitrogen cycling. Nitrogen fixation chemistry. Nitrogen cycling in aquatic vs. terrestrial systems. The effects of disturbance on nitrogen in an ecosystem.
- Section Three: Impacts of Pollution
Impacts of anthropogenic nitrogen enrichment. Nitrogen and acid rain. The phosphorus cycle and Lake Washington. The carbon cycle, atmospheric carbon, and IPCC projections of global carbon emissions.
- Section Four: Watershed Experiment
Linking terrestrial and aquatic nutrient flows. Applying the concepts learned to environmental problem solving.