Environmental Sciences (ENVS)

ENVS*6000  Physical Environment of Crops and Forests  Fall Only  [0.50]  

Recent literature on temperature, humidity, radiation, wind, gases and particles in crop and forest environments; evapotranspiration and photosynthesis of plant communities; modification of microclimates; applied micrometeorology.

Offering(s): Offered in even-numbered years.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6040  Molecular Basis of Plant-Microbe Interactions  Fall Only  [0.50]  

A lecture and seminar course on recent advances in the study of plant-microbe interactions. Topics included are the biochemical, physiological and genetic aspects of plant defenses and the interaction of plants with pathogenic and mutualistic bacteria, fungi and viruses. Offered in conjunction with PBIO*4000. Extra work is required of graduate students.

Restriction(s): Credit may be obtained for only one of ENVS*6040 or PBIO*4000.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6050  Micrometeorology  Winter Only  [0.50]  

Exchanges of mass, momentum and energy between the surface and the atmosphere will be studied in the context of larger-scale meteorology. Diffusion and turbulence in and above plant canopies will be examined from theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics include time-series analysis, micrometeorological measurement theory, and basic principles of atmospheric science.

Offering(s): Offered in even-numbered years.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6060  Meteorological Instrumentation  Winter Only  [0.50]  

Theoretical and practical aspects of electronic circuits, sensors, and equipment used in meteorological research.

Prerequisite(s): ENVS*4210  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6190  Environmental Microbial Technology  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Current topics in selected areas of environmental microbial technology. An emphasis will be placed on the physiology and genetics of microorganisms useful in environmental biotechnology. The course involves extensive use of current journal articles. An undergraduate degree in microbiology or related discipline is recommended prior to registering in this course.

Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6242  Topics in Atmospheric Science  Summer, Fall, and Winter  [0.50]  

Students will explore topics within atmospheric science such as climatology, animal biometeorology, air pollution meteorology, and hydrometeorology. Normally, an independent course of study will be developed with a faculty advisor and one or more students in the semester prior to enrollment. Occasionally, the course will be offered as a lecture/seminar in a particular area, to be advertised in the semester prior to offering. Typically, students will produce a major paper or scientific report.

Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6280  Soil Physics  Winter Only  [0.50]  

The soil as a physical system with special regard to soil water movement and the diffusion and dispersion of chemical substances. Numerical techniques and computer solutions will be developed.

Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6300  Quantitative Pedology  Fall Only  [0.50]  

Pedology considers the morphology, survey, geography, characterization and analysis, development, classification, and interpretation of soil. This course focuses on the quantification of pedology, employing modern digital instrumentation, computational capacity and analytical strategies. Students explore how such multi-scale, spatial-temporal information is used in critical zone modeling. Students should have at least an introductory soil, ecology or physical geography course. Students with only an introductory level soil course are encouraged to audit ENVS*4390.

Restriction(s): Cannot take in credit received for ENVS*6250.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6340  Colloquium in Insect Systematics  Winter Only  [0.25]  

Weekly discussions and seminars dealing with current topics in systematic entomology.

Offering(s): Offered in odd-numbered years.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6350  Soil Organic Matter and Biochemistry  Fall Only  [0.50]  

(1) Soil organic matter characterization, (2) dynamics of soil organic matter, (0.5) nutrient cycling.

Offering(s): Offered in odd-numbered years.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6360  Soil and Water Chemistry  Fall Only  [0.50]  

Thermodynamics of soil solutions; solution-solid phase equilibria; reaction kinetics; computer modelling of solute-mineral interactions.

Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6400  Soil Nitrogen Fertility and Crop Production  Winter Only  [0.50]  

Emphasis will be placed on soil N transformations and processes, and N sources for crops; field experimentation methods; environmental issues.

Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6440  Field Sampling Strategies and Geostatistics  Winter Only  [0.50]  

Concepts and practical aspects of collecting, synthesizing and interpreting data from spatially and temporally variable and/or correlated fields. Hands-on experience in describing spatial structure of large data sets (supplied by student or instructor) using available software.

Offering(s): Offered in even-numbered years.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6450  Multivariate Environmental Data Analysis  Winter Only  [0.50]  

This course will examine the application of statistical techniques to analyzing multivariate environmental data. Methods will include Ordination (e.g., Principal Components Analysis, NDMS), Multivariate Regression (e.g., Partial Least Squares Regression), and Structural Equation Modelling. Emphasis will be placed on peer and collaborative learning through discussion, and comparative application of analyses to multivariate environmental data. Students should have at least one undergraduate course in statistics.

Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6452  Special Topics in Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity  Summer, Fall, and Winter  [0.50]  

Students will explore topics within ecosystem science such as terrestrial ecology, forest science, aquatic systems and environmental biology. Normally, an independent course of study will be developed with a faculty advisor and one or more students in the semester prior to enrollment. Occasionally, the course will be offered as a lecture/seminar in a particular area, to be advertised in the semester prior to offering. Typically, students will produce a major paper or scientific report.

Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6460  Environmental Remediation  Winter Only  [0.50]  

This course will discuss environmental remediation topics including, but not limited to, using plants, microorganisms and substrates (e.g., soil and engineered materials) to improve air, water and soil quality. For example, this course will explore the current sciences and technologies of living walls to improve indoor air quality, green roofs to manage storm water and air pollutants, and constructed wetlands to treat wastewater. Environmental remediation is, by nature, multidisciplinary, involving chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, landscape design, etc.

Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6470  The Science and Management of Multiple Stressors in the Great Lakes  Fall Only  [0.50]  

In this two-week lecture-field course, students will learn about historical and current environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes basin from the perspective of multiple stressors and their cumulative impacts. The importance of linking science and policy, and the role important of governments, are emphasized.

Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6500  Environmental Sciences Research Project  Unspecified  [1.00]  

A concise, critical review of an area of study related to the field chosen by the student including analyses and interpretation of relevant data. The project will be written in the form of a scientific paper and presented to the department as a seminar.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the MES program.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6501  Integrating Science and Policy in Environmental Science  Fall Only  [0.50]  

A case-study approach, based on current and historical issues, and involving presentations from faculty, professionals and students, will be used to develop an advanced understanding of current issues in the environmental sciences, including examination of the underlying science and management of the issues, and the effectiveness of associated policies.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the MES program.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6502  Seminar in Environmental Science  Winter Only  [0.50]  

This course will provide an interactive and critical forum for studenrts to participate in an advanced discussion and debate on current environmental issues, and to learn about the practical skill set(s) required by various employment sectors in solving these issues.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the MES program.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6503  Biogeochemistry of Wetlands Landscapes Landscapes  Fall Only  [0.50]  

This course is focused on the role of wetlands in maintaining healthy ecosystems and in controlling contaminant fluxes to water. Lectures complement field and laboratory assessments of wetlands to understand element biogeochemical cycles in these transitional environments. The course includes field trips to Ontario wetlands.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1020 BIOL*1070 CHEM*1040 CHEM*1070 and PHYS*1070 or PHYS*1080  
Restriction(s): Restricted to Environmental Sciences students.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6505  Soil Survey and Interpretation  Summer Only  [0.50]  

Students will learn concepts, techniques and analysis related to the characterization of soil in the landscape. Focus will be given to soilscapes encountered in southern Ontario. Course involves multiple field excursions to examine the distribution of soils in this region.

Restriction(s): Restricted to students in MES.ENVS:L, MSc.ENVS, PhD.ENVS  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6506  Forest Ecosystem Patterns and Processes  Summer Only  [0.50]  

Students will learn concepts, techniques and analysis related to the ecological characterization of forests. Focus will be on southern and mid-central Ontario forests and will involve periodic excursions to various locations for the purpose of demonstrating theoretical principles, sampling techniques, in-field measurements, and collecting samples for in-lab assessment.

Restriction(s): Resctricted to students in MES.ENVS:L, MSc.ENVS, PhD.ENVS  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6520  Pollinator Biology  Fall Only  [0.50]  

The biology of pollinators will be discussed in lectures and seminars stressing fundamental and applied aspects. The honey bee will be used as the model system.

Offering(s): Offered in odd-numbered years.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6530  Pollinator Conservation  Winter Only  [0.50]  

In this course students will explore the ecology of pollination with an emphasis on the factors affecting declines in pollinating insects as well as potential mitigation strategies to ensure long-term stability of food production and maintenance of biodiverse wild plant communities. Offered in conjunction with ENVS*4070. Extra work is required of graduate students.

Restriction(s): Credit may be obtained for only one of ENVS*6530 or ENVS*4070.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6540  Integrated Pest Management: Insects  Winter Only  [0.50]  

Concepts associated with integrated pest management of insect pests of various plant hosts will be introduced to students in an interactive lecture and laboratory format. Experiential learning and skill development, associated with economic entomology, will also be emphasized. Offered in conjunction with ENVS*4100. Extra work is required of graduate students.

Offering(s): Offered annually  
Restriction(s): Credit may be obtained for only one of ENVS*6540 and ENVS*4100  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6550  Bioactivity and Metabolism of Insecticides  Winter Only  [0.50]  

The basis of insecticide bioactivity will be examined, with emphasis on mode of action, structure-activity relationships and analytical methods. Students will choose a specific insecticide or class of insecticides as their primary topic of study for the semester. Students will participate in seminars, prepare a conference poster and complete a research paper.

Offering(s): Offered in even-numbered years.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6560  Forest Ecosystem Dynamics  Fall Only  [0.50]  

An exploration of energy flow and distribution in forest ecosystems. Both components will be examined in the context of biomass and productivity, perturbations and resilience. Some aspects of modelling will be covered.

Offering(s): Offered in odd-numbered years.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6582  Special Topics in Soil Science  Summer, Fall, and Winter  [0.50]  

Students will explore topics within soil science such as soil physics, pedology, soil chemistry and microbiology. Normally, an independent course of study will be developed with a faculty advisor and one or more students in the semester prior to enrollment. Occasionally, the course will be offered as a lecture/seminar in a particular area, to be advertised in the semester prior to offering. Typically, students will produce a major paper or scientific report.

Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6720  Geology of Groundwater Systems  Winter Only  [0.50]  

This course will examine the geological characteristics and processes that influence groundwater flow systems and contaminant transport and fate in different geological settings. The course will include seminar discussions of readings, guest speakers from industry and government agencies as well as hands-on exercises in class.

Offering(s): Offered in alternate years  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6730  Special Topics in Environmental Earth Science  Summer, Fall, and Winter  [0.50]  

Students will explore topics within environmental earth science such as glacial geology, environmental geophysics and hydrogeology. Normally, an independent course of study will be developed with a faculty advisor and one or more students in the semester prior to enrollment. Occasionally, the course will be offered as a lecture/seminar in a particular area, to be advertised in the semester prior to offering. Typically, students will produce a major paper or scientific report.

Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6740  Environmental Organic Chemistry  Winter Only  [0.50]  

This course explores the chemical processes that influence organic compounds in the environment. Topics discussed include: the transformation of anthropogenic organic contaminants, the form and function of natural organic matter, and analytical methods including compound specific stable isotope analysis and environmental nuclear magnetic resonance. Offered in conjunction with ENVS*4370. Extra work is required of graduate students.

Restriction(s): Credit may be obtained for only one of ENVS*6740 or ENVS*4370. Restricted to students in the MES.ENVS, MSc.ENVS and PhD.ENVS programs.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6882  Special Topics in Plant and Environmental Health  Summer, Fall, and Winter  [0.50]  

Students will explore topics within plant and environmental health such as integrated pest management, apiculture and environmental microbiology. Normally, an independent course of study will be developed with a faculty advisor and one or more students in the semester prior to enrollment. Occasionally, the course will be offered as a lecture/seminar in a particular area, to be advertised in the semester prior to offering. Typically, students will produce a major paper or scientific report.

Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph  
ENVS*6900  Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences  Fall and Winter Reg Required  [0.50]  

This course provides information and training in scientific presentations for thesis-based Environmental Sciences (ENVS) programs. Students will prepare a written research proposal and make an oral presentation of their proposed studies. Students are expected to complete this course in their second or third semester of study.

Restriction(s): Restricted to MSC.ENVS and PHD.ENVS students  
Department(s): School of Environmental Sciences  
Location(s): Guelph