Office Hours for Fall 2013
Wednesday/Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 pm, and Thursday 9:00 11:00 I will also meet with students by appointment - to set up an appointment, e-mail me at Buckley@maine.edu
Biology 110, Ecology Lecture MWF
8:00 - 9:05, Laboratory sections meet on Tuesdays for
2 hours. This course looks at the interactions of
organisms' with their environments, starting with interactions between
organisms with their physical environment and proceeding through
discussions of population characteristics and growth, interactions
between species and ecosystem functioning. Along the way critical
environmental issues such as climate change, human population growth,
and loss of biodiversity will be discussed.
Honors 180, Lake Ecology Lecture
MWF 10:30 - 11:35, Laboratory M 1:10 - 3:30. This
honors science course uses a systems dynamics approach to understanding
how lakes function as habitats. Students will gathering of
physical, chemical and biological samples/data to understand the
dynamic nature of these important ecosystems. This class is a
service learning course and will be working with members of the Friends
of Wilson Lake association training them in sampling methods and lake
ecology as well as presenting an assessment of the lake's environment.
Other Courses Taught:
Aquatic Biology - course for Environmental Science and other Science majors offered even fall semesters, prerequisites are BIO 161 and Bio 172. Students taking this course are recommended to have a full year of college chemistry.
Evolutionary Biology - required course for Biology and Secondary Education Biology majors, offered once every year. Prerequisites are BIO 160 and Bio 170.
Environmental Impact Analysis - elective course for Environmental Science majors, offered once every two years. May be taken as either Biology or Environmental Science course, , prerequisites are BIO 160 and Bio 170.
My main research interest is in the areas of aquatic ecology and I specialize in freshwater molluscan biology, lake water quality and invasive aquatic macrophytes. I am interested in evolutionary adaptations such as to how organisms allocate resources between growth and reproduction and size and number of offspring.
Since coming to Maine I have become more interested in water quality issues including long term monitoring and protection of aquatic habitats. In particular, I am interested the impact that climate change is having upon lake temperatures and their ecology. Since 2007 I have monitored the temperatures in up to 27 Maine Lakes using Hobo pendant light and temperature loggers that are recording temperatures throughout the growing season every fifteen minutes. This research is being used to look at factors influencing temperatures in individual lakes as well as regional trends as influenced by yearly variation in atmospheric conditions. I am also involved in monitoring lakes for invasive aquatic species and assessing their impact on Maine's freshwater habitats. Finally, In another aspect of my research I use high resolution global Positioning Systems (GPS) to do bathymetric mapping of lakes and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in mapping resources in and around aquatic ecosystems. Below is a bathymetric map for China lake created by my interns using high resolution GPS technology and the GIS program ArcMap.
The student interns on Emden Pond before starting the day's GPS data collection.
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