Environment Physiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Lab

Yuxiang Wang's

Environment Physiology & Aquatic Ecosystem Lab

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BIOL 307/317: Effects of human development on aquatic environments and biodiversity in Canada and China
2019 - Canada Part

July 28th to August 10th inclusive (14 days, 3 Credit)  
Application Deadline: May 18th, 2019

Course description 

This is one of two sister courses that provide Canadian and Chinese students with first-hand experience using tools of environmental and biodiversity assessment. Students will also gain insights into the interaction between human development and the environment, with focus on selected aquatic ecosystems in both China and Canada. This 2-week field course takes place exclusively in Canada. Students will learn about and study differing attitudes and perceptions of development in the two cultures. Students will visit a series of aquatic sites along the St. Lawrence, focused primarily at QUBS, and conduct some comparative research of habitat degradation, biodiversity patterns and water quality. Students will be expected to write a major paper on their research upon return to their home institutions. The course is organized around five themes: 1) Biodiversity assessment, 2) Habitat assessment including reconstructed wetlands, 3). Aquatic environmental degradation, 4). Water control and usage, 5) Relationship between social economic development and aquatic environment.  


St. Lawrence watershed, primarily at the Queen's University Biological Station.

Estimated Cost


($350 deposit to home university at the time of application) including fees, 14 nights’ accommodation and board at various field sites, and local travel.


Completion of 2nd year biology or environmental program or permission of the instructors.


12-14 students from OUPFB 
12-16 students from 4 partner Chinese universities (Tongji University, Fudan University, Southwest University, Beijing Normal University).


Course participation  (20%), Field Journal & Blog (20%), Seminars (20%), Final report  (40%)


Prof. Yuxiang Wang (Biology, Queen’s)   613-533-6134 yuxiang.wang@queensu.ca

Prof. Steve Lougheed (Biology, Queen’s) 613-533-6128 lough@queensu.ca