University of Trieste
Trieste, Italy with trips to Venice and the Italian Alps
This 4-credit course will be taught in English on the campus of the University of Trieste located in the beautiful and culturally rich seaport of Trieste on the Adriatic Sea. Students will interact daily with Italian students and work as a team on a large-scale joint project. Trips to the city of Venice (Po River and Adriatic Sea) and to the Italian Alps (mountain streams) are also planned.
This course is intended to provide students with the tools necessary to understand, debate, and formulate solutions to ecological, fisheries and human-use issues connected with major water bodies. The “Mountain to the Sea” concept recognizes that watersheds that begin in small freshwater streams and end in marine coasts are tightly connected. Water is a critical human resource with often competing demands for water for consumption, agriculture, industry and wildlife, particularly fish. Land-use alters water flow and water quality. Complex management and science needs must be integrated across the entire watershed. Theory and practice are illustrated though case studies of major water bodies including; the Po River (Italy); and, the International Great Lakes of North America; the California Delta watershed, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico (United States). Topics covered include global water resources, Fish ecology, impacts of climate change, drought, hydrology, integrated watershed ecosystem management, stakeholder engagement, adaptive management, water pollution and nutrient control, human health, human impacts on aquatic ecosystems, fisheries, and hypoxia.
Students will receive lectures on both the ecological and physical makeup of major water bodies. They will learn the successes and failures on the ecological health of these bodies through different approaches to management and land-use. Students will also work in Teams to examine the Po River ecosystem. Students will have a guided field trip to Venice which is where the Po River meets the Adriatic Sea. A second trip is being planned to the Italian Alps near the border of Austria to see Mountain streams.
The course is designed to be a two-week, three-credit course and would be taught in June at the University of Trieste. Guest faculty lectures will be given by Italian faculty and scientists.
Goal: To introduce students to integrated resources management and science through a focus on water quantity and quality as they interface with fish ecology and human activities and needs. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: understand the interconnected components of watersheds such as hydrology, climate, land-use, aquatic biota, fish production, water quality and quantity and human use activities.
(includes: lodging, welcome/farewell meal, group excursions)
Total Program Cost Estimate: TBC