Biology 778

Wetland Ecology for Teachers

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Class Notes:

An excellent resource (and the source for most of these notes):

Mitsch, W.J. and J.G. Gosselink. 1993. Wetlands. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold.

722 p.

My second most used resource is:

Messina, M.G. and W.H. Conner. 1998. Southern Forested Wetlands. Boca Raton:

Lewis Publishers. 616 p.

And I also like:

Caduto, M.J. 1985. Pond and Brook. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England. 276 p.

Useful Links and Sources:

There are many potentially useful wetland sites on the web.

I. An extensive list was assembled by Dr. Eric Pauley's Bio 578 class (Wetland Plant Ecology) and so they are on that class web page. Click on the link to get there.

II. Here are a few more good resources for wetland information which have been used by myself or your colleagues in class.

This site from the National Wildlife Federation has a wetland library among other goodies.


This site from the Environmental Protection Agency has lots of information, links to other good sites, and kid's pages.


This is the site for the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program which has good information on amphibians and protocols for surveys of frogs and salamanders. Our state coordinator is Renee Chewning and you can reach her at SEEC (the Scientific and Environmental Education Center in Charleston) 843-795-6543 or She can help you if you want to collect "official" data for the national web site.


This is the site for Estuary Net, the coastal water quality monitoring program being run out of Baruch in Georgetown by Beth Thomas.


This is not a web site but a source of information on wetlands from S.C. DHEC. They offer a "Wetlands Activity Packet" which contains resource information, fact sheets, a "Wetland Walk Manual" and wetland coloring pages for kids. They will also send you information on their Water Watch program which suggests various activities you can do related to water quality. Contact Kim Gundler at (803)898-4211 or