Field Problems (WR 573)

Currently taught every fall semester
Field Problems is a 4-credit, intensive, field-themed methods course based on watershed assessment and monitoring.
The watershed assessment includes aspects of biological monitoring, hydrology, and chemistry. The first half of the course is focused on general stream monitoring methods and centered on learning about field methods and instrumentation, coupled with short field trips to practice techniques.  The class will be divided into groups of students who focus on biology, chemistry, or hydrology components who will then teach the rest of the class about their expertise and components throughout the semester.
long field 2
Collecting invertebrates at Las Huetas Creek
long field day 1
Discharge gaging in the Middle Rio Grande

The second half of the course will be all about the data collected from two local stream sites during longer field days. Get muddy! Those data become the basis for the final class projects.  Students will develop a class watershed monitoring paper and presentation based on the expertise they gain through their field and classroom experiences. Students will learn methods, analyze data, and synthesize data to make recommendations related to watershed assessment.  The course will conclude with a group public presentation highlighting the results of the class.  

short field trip 4
Collecting aquatic invertebrates at the Duck Pond, UNM
short field trip 2
Practice soil infiltration methods, UNM





























For questions, contact Becky Bixby ( and Gerhard Schoener (