Student Application - Freshwater Fridays - Fall 2020
Applications Due: 7 May 2020.
Course fee: $350

This fall VCU ENVS is offering a unique 9-credit block in freshwater studies that meets all day on Fridays. The block consists of 3 integrated 500-level topics courses - SCENIC NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY & ASSESSMENT (with Dr. James Vonesh, VCU), STEAM SURVEY METHODS (with Dr. Dan McGarvey, VCU), and VIRGINIA WATER QUALITY ISSUES & CAREERS (with Dr. Joseph Wood, Chesapeake Bay Foundation).

The purpose of block scheduling these courses on Friday is to enable the course to develop a more immersive and integrated curriculum whereby instructors can teach not only course-specific content but highlight the overlap across disciplines. It also facilitates our ability to integrate day- and weekend trips to increase Relevant Experiential Applied Learning. In addition to several Friday day trips, the courses include joint weekend data collection and educational camping/canoe trips (supported by the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program) to a western, central, and coastal plain rivers system.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students; however, space is limited to 18 students.

Enrollment is by the application. Students must enroll in all three courses. The course fee of $350 covers all related field trips.

Freshwater Fridays - an immersive coordinated curriculum in freshwater science & policy - (for full screen -
Course information
Credits: 3
Time: F 9:00 - 11:30
Location: Trani Life Science Bldg 103
Instructor: Dr. James Vonesh, VCU CES

Course summary: In this class students will be introduced to broadly to scenic resource policy and assessment in the classroom while engaging the learning topics more deeply through a collaborative experiential learning approach focused around the Virginia Scenic River Program. Through the scenic rivers project students will implement the concepts and tools they have learn to examine Virginia State Code as it pertains to Scenic River designation, use remote and in the field approaches to complete a scenic river assessment for a specific river segment, produce a technical report & GIS Storymap summarizing the assessment findings, and present their findings to a community audience from a county bordering the river segment they assessed.

Learning objectives:
> Develop an understanding of what constitutes a scenic resource
> Develop a better understanding of the cultural, ecological, and economic value of scenic resources
> Gain familiarity with government policies that regulate & recognize visual resources
> Be introduced to approaches for the inventory and management of scenic resources
> Develop basic skills for using remote sensing and spatial analysis tools in scenic resource inventory and assessment
> Gain experience in-field assessment of a scenic resource
> Develop proficiency in technical writing as pertains to the scenic assessment program
> Practice professional communication of scenic assessment findings

Credits: 3
Time: F 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: LFSCB 0232
Instructor: Dr. Dan McGarvey, VCU CES

Course summary: This course will cover basic and advanced methods used to study fishes and benthic macroinvertebrates in small, wadeable streams. Topics covered will include qualitative and quantitative field surveying methods, fish and invertebrate specimen identification, data analysis of original field data. Class time will be a combination of lecture, field trips (including two weekend overnight trips), processing of specimens in the laboratory, and data analysis.

Learning objectives:
> Use a variety of surveying methods and tools to collect fishes and aquatic macroinvertebrates in wadeable streams
> Identify stream fishes (species or genus level) and macroinvertebrates (family level) from the Mid-Atlantic region
> Apply fish and benthic invertebrate data in biological assessments
> Conduct statistical analysis of multivariate community data with the R programming language

Credits: 3
Time: F 5:00 - 7:30
Location: LFSCB 0116
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Wood, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Course summary: This course will cover Virginia’s approach to managing water resources. Topics covered will include the clean water act, total maximum daily loads, water quality standards and designated uses. Class time will include meeting with panels of Virginia professionals who focus on water quality-related issues, programmatic data review and analysis and

Learning objectives:
> Apply modeling tools to consider impaired waterways.
> Identify and evaluate the status of public water-related resources
> Interact and understand day-to-day challenges of water quality professionals.
> Improve understanding of Virginia’s regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to improving water quality.

If you would like to apply to be part of the "Freshwater Fridays" immersive coordinated curriculum please complete the application below.
Your name: *
Email contact: *
Phone number (just #, e.g., 8045555343):
The Freshwater Friday's course block consists of the three co-required topics courses above. Will you be able to enroll in all three courses? *
Camping along the James River (Footprints on the James - 2014)
What year are you in your studies? *
What is your major? *
What (if any) is your minor? *
What is your current overall GPA? *
Lower Chickahominy River (Science Natural Resources - 2018)
Short Response Questions
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What is your career goal? [280 characters or less] *
Why do you want to join this course? [280 characters or less] *
What unique talent/ perspective/ ability/ strength would you bring to the team? [280 characters] *
How do you deal with interpersonal conflict? [280 characters] *
Studying sediment transport in river systems - First person POV
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