Water Resources 573: Summer Field Problems

This field-intensive course is taught by Mark Stone (Civil Engineering) and Becky Bixby (Biology) and is focused on watershed assessment in the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains. The watershed assessment includes aspects of biological monitoring, hydrology, geomorphology, and chemistry.

This course is breaking slightly from tradition; the course is spread out over several months with an intensive field methods component in early June. The course unofficially starts right after spring break, meeting an hour a week to read papers, have lectures, and develop a watershed assessment sampling plan. The plan will be divided into sections with groups focused on aspects of biological monitoring, hydrology/geomorphology, and chemistry.

That sampling plan will be put to good use during the field component of WR 573! That happens as a long weekend in early June to the Valles Caldera National Preserve for full-bore field work and fun(!), followed by weekly meetings throughout the summer, culminating in a final report and presentation at the end of summer semester (late July).

For questions and to sign up for the summer WR 573 class, contact Mark (stone@unm.edu) and Becky (bbixby@unm.edu).

Project Summary 2014