K. David Hambright



Department of Biology
730 Van Vleet Oval, 304 Sutton Hall
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: (405) 325-7435

Lake Texoma

Water Resources: Preservation and Conservation

Water Resources: Preservation and Conservation (Zoology 4983/100)
UOBS Summer Session II, 2004 
Time: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Course Objectives:
To examine and discuss current and important aspects relating to socio-economic use of water resources as affecting species diversity and ecosystem function in freshwater ecosystems.  Topics discussed will include effects of ground water pumping, stream diversion and channelization, reservoir impoundment, wetland drainage, exotic species introductions, urbanization of watersheds, eutrophication and pollution.  Classes will include topical lectures, readings from the primary literature, classroom discussions, fieldtrips and student presentations.

Primary topics for discussion/research
1) Global resource availability (distribution, scarcity, ownership, rights, etc.)
2) Hydro-engineering (habitat destruction, range restrictions, etc.)
3) Pollution (Human & environmental aspects, eutrophication, toxicants)
4) Fisheries resources (over-exploitation)
5) Species extinctions/Exotic species introductions

OU Reasonable Accommodation Policy:
The University of Oklahoma is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for all students with disabilities.  Students with disabilities who require accommodations in this course are requested to speak with me as early in the semester as possible. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations in this course. The Office of Disability Services is located in Goddard Health Center, Suite 166, phone 405/325-3852 or TDD only 405/325-4173.


2 August (Monday):
Global water resources: availability, scarcity, human rights

3 August (Tuesday):
Hydro-engineering: habitat destruction, range restrictions, species extinctions & introductions

4 August (Wednesday):
I. Nutrient limitation of primary productivity & eutrophication
II. Non-nutrient contaminants and bioaccumulation

5 August (Thursday):
Exploitation of fisheries resources

6 August (Friday):
Exotic species introductions & species extinctions: ecological and environmental consequences

9 August (Monday):
Student led discussions: general background information on chosen topics

10 August (Tuesday):
Half day field trip to Sherman, Tx water treatment facility
Student led discussions & “draft presentations” of introduction

11 August (Wednesday):
Student led discussions & “draft presentations” of topic review

12 August (Thursday):
Student led discussions & “draft presentations” of conclusions and implications

13 August (Friday):
Formal student presentations

Student Research
1) Select interesting topic relevant to class objective
2) Locate appropriate literature on topic
3) Participate daily in class discussions (bringing original material into context with ongoing discussion)
4) Prepare brief overview of topic (<10 pages) covering both (all) sides of the selected issue
5) Present brief lecture (~20 minutes) to class

Reading assignments (25%)
∞Daily readings (~20 for week 1); turn in written synopses

Class participation (25%)
∞Daily participation in general discussions
∞Daily initiation of discussion/introduction of original topic for project

Final paper (25%)
Brief overview of selected topic/issue (10 pages)

Presentation (25%)
20-minute PowerPoint presentation on 13 August (Friday)

Last Modified 11 January, 2019
K.D. Hambright, Department of Biology, 730 Van Vleet Oval, 304 Sutton Hall | Norman, OK 73019 | 405-325-7435 | dhambright@ou.edu