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Ecology and Sustainable Water Management


Ecology and Sustainable Water Management

with Dr. David Reid
Lecturer, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University

Tuesdays, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 13, 20 (6:10 – 8:10 PM)
1015 Schermerhorn, Morningside Campus or
Online via Distance Learning

Course Highlights: Scientific overview of aquatic ecosystems including hydrologic cycle, types, ecology, soil composition, nutrient cycling, health and functions; environmental guidelines specific to water management; tools used to quantify economic value of water.

Ecology and Sustainable Water Management
Human societies require a constant supply of clean water to survive and environmental guidelines are designed to protect critically important aquatic ecosystems.  This course examines the beneficial functions provided by different aquatic ecosystems and explores the science behind environmental guidelines designed to protect and manage these ecosystems and water resources.  Learn how environmental science informs the development of guidelines for sustainable ecosystem management and exposes the myth that environmental protection is an unaffordable luxury during tough economic times.

Interested in Learning More?  Contact:
Desmond Beirne, Program Coordinator, at or 212-854-0149 or

Dr. Nancy Degnan, Director, Executive Education and Professional Development Programs, at or

David Reid
is a lecturer for the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. He is an aquatic ecologist and conducts research and environmental consultancy work in large rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, estuaries and beaches in USA, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Reid completed his PhD in stream ecology at Monash University, one of Australia’s leading universities, and was a member of the federally-funded consortium of scientists in the Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology during this time. Dr. Reid has worked at Newcastle University (Australia), Monash University, South Australian Research and Development Institute, Australian Water Quality Centre and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (New Zealand).

This course is part of the Earth Institute’s Executive Education Certificate Program in
Environmental Sustainability

Courses may be taken on an individual basis or you may pursue the 12-course Certificate.


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