Course syllabus (Spring 2015)

Lecture Schedule*

Jan. 12 Course overview. Introduction to aquatic insects. [Ch. 1-3]
Jan. 14 Insect diversity and success. [Ch. 2]
Jan. 21 Basic insect morphology. [Ch. 2]
Jan. 26 Ecological classification of freshwater habitats I. [Ch. 6]
Jan. 28 Ecological classification of freshwater habitats II.
Feb. 2 Ecological classification of freshwater habitats III (incl. RCC)
Feb. 4 Adaptations of insects to freshwater habitats: introduction [Ch. 4, 5].
Feb. 9 Respiration in aquatic & semi-aquatic insects; marine habitats.
Feb. 11/16 Adaptations to flowing water / Hydrodynamics.
Feb. 22 Insect taxonomy I: Nomenclature
Feb. 25 Insect taxonomy II: Phylogeny [Ch. 8, 9]
Mar. 2 Order Collembola (springtails). [Ch. 10]
Mar. 4 Order Ephemeroptera (mayflies). [Ch. 11]
Mar. 9 OPEN
Mar. 11 Order Odonata (dragonflies & damselflies). [Ch. 12]
Mar. 16/18 SPRING BREAK (southern Appalachians)
Mar. 23 Order Plecoptera (stoneflies). [Ch. 14]
Mar. 25 Order Hemiptera (aquatic bugs). [Ch. 15]
Apr. 1 Orders Megaloptera (salmonflies, alderflies), Neuroptera (spongillaflies). [Ch. 16]
Apr. 6 Order Coleoptera (beetles). [Ch. 20]
Apr. 8 Orders Lepidoptera (moths), Trichoptera (caddisflies). [Ch. 17-19]
Apr. 13 Order Trichoptera (caddisflies, ctd). [Ch. 17-18]
Apr. 15/20 Order Diptera (true flies). [Ch. 22]
Apr. 22/27/29 Special topics: TBA.
May 6 FINAL EXAM (2:15-4:15PM)

Laboratory Schedule*

Jan. 16 Introduction to insect orders. Collecting & rearing aquatic insects. [Ch. 3, 9]
Jan. 23 Orders Collembola (springtails). Odonata (dragonflies & damselflies). [Ch. 10, 12]
Jan 30 Order Ephemeroptera (mayflies). [Ch. 11]
Feb. 6 LAB EXAM #1 (through mayflies); work on collections.
Feb. 13 Order Plecoptera (stoneflies). [Ch. 14]
Feb. 20 Order Hemiptera (true bugs). [Ch. 15]
Feb. 27 Minor Orders: Megaloptera (salmonflies & alderflies), Neuroptera (spongillaflies), Lepidoptera (moths). [Ch. 16, 19]
Mar. 6 LAB EXAM #2 (stoneflies to minor orders); work on collections.
Mar. 13 Order Coleoptera (beetles). [Ch. 20]
Mar. 27 Order Trichoptera (caddisflies). [Ch. 17, 18]
Apr. 3 LAB EXAM #3 (beetles & caddisflies); work on collections.
Apr. 10 Order Diptera (true flies). [Ch. 22]
Apr. 17 Order Diptera (ctd.).
Apr. 24 Open lab (work on collections, review for lab final); COLLECTIONS DUE.

* Chapter assignments refer to Merritt, R.W., K.W. Cummins & M.B. Berg (eds). 2008. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America (Fourth Edition). Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, IA. ** An optional field trip to the southern Appalachian Mountains is scheduled for Spring Break. An optional weekend field trip will be scheduled for NE Iowa (probably in late March or early April). Additional trips to local habitats also will be scheduled. Although optional, you are urged to participate in at least one trip, as these will provide the best opportunity to collect insects for your collections.