National Graduate Course & International Workshop

Source US Department of Energy

Class Description

Due to COVID-19 this Course & Workshop will be exclusively online, live streamed 9am-5pm daily at Central Standard Time (CST/UTC -6, click hear to convert to your time zone).

Condensed graduate course offered for credit and available to any Graduate Student enrolled in a Canadian university, offered by the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, as ENVS 828.3.

Or as a Workshop open to anyone. 

Dates: May 11-15, 2020.

Location: virtually via online streaming.

Course Objective

This course will introduce graduate students and researchers to the principles of stable isotope geochemistry applied to catchment hydrology and more broadly, to environmental research in the hydrosphere and biosphere. The course will focus on the measurement, tracing, and linkage of stable isotope tracers in and among hydrologic and biological components of earth system at the catchment scale. We will specifically consider the application of stable isotope investigative tools to a variety of hydrological situations, ranging from water cycle dynamics, runoff processes, bio- and geochemical processes, nutrients and contamination and isotope ecohydrology. Students will be encouraged to independently explore the interrelated linkages among these systems in the daily assignments.

Graduate students registered for the full 3 credit course will attend the week of lectures and participate in daily assignments. The virtual workshop option is for any student or professional who would benefit from the course content but does not require credit towards a degree program. Official audits by UofS students attending the course lectures will receive audit status on their transcripts.

2020 Course Instructors

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2020 Lecture Schedule

All times are in Central Standard Time

Monday, May 11th (Overview day)

9-10am Student self-introductions, course outline (McDonnell) 10.15-11.15am Catchment hydrology: A review (McDonnell)
11.30-12.30pm Isotope tracers in catchment hydrology (McDonnell) 1.30-2.30pm Isotope geochemistry 101 (Koehler)
2.45-3.45pm Isotope hydrology in the lab: How it's done on laser specs and mass specs (Janzen & Koehler) 4.00-5.00pm Assignment completion time for Graduate Students taking the class for credit

Tuesday, May 12th (What can be quantified with Isotopes?)

9-10am Hydrograph separation (Ali) 10.15-11.15am Interpreting isotope data over large regions (Stadnyk)
11.30-12.30pm Tracer-based conceptual model development and testing at large scales (Stadnyk) 1.30-2.30pm Transit time modeling (Ameli)
2.45-3.45pm Lab on hydrograph separation and transit time (Ali & Ameli) 4.00-5.00pm Assignment completion time for Graduate Students taking the class for credit

Wednesday, May 13th (Lakes, groundwater and beyond)

9-10am Tritium and radiocarbon of groundwater age dating (Jasechko) 10.15-11.15am Global isotope hydrology: Global patterns (Jasechko)
11.30-12.30pm Global isotope hydrology: Global processes (Jasechko) 1.30-2.30pm Isotopes and lakes (Gibson)
2.45-3.45pm Quantifying lake evaporation rates in ungauged basins (Gibson) 4.00-5.00pm Assignment completion time for Graduate Students taking the class for credit

Thursday, May 14th (Isotope biogeochemistry)

9-10am Introduction to Isotope biogeochemistry (Kendall) 10.15-11.15am Tracing nutrient and organic matter sources with isotopes (Kendall)
11.30-12.30pm Using isotopes to understand large-scale hydrobiogeochem patterns and processes (Kendall) 1.30-2.30pm Isotopes in other areas of environmental science: butterflies, birds, and bears, oh my (Koehler)
2.45-3.45pm Extracting water from soil and plant material (Millar) 4.00-5.00pm Assignment completion time for Graduate Students taking the class for credit

Friday, May 15th (Plant water and soil water)

9-10am Isotopes and plant transpiration: quantifying where plants get their water (Nehemy) 10.15-11.15am Isotopes and plant transpiration: plant regulation of water uptake (Nehemy)
11.30-12.30pm Where this hot field is headed and hands-on exercise with data (Nehemy) 1.30-2.30pm Isotope hydrology: Grand challenges and ways forward (McDonnell)
2.45-3.15pm Course wrap-up and group discussion (McDonnell)

Registration

Participation in the course can take one of 3 forms:

1. Formal for Credit (3cu) participation open to any Graduate Student attending a Canadian University. Taking the class for credit includes attending all 5 days of course instruction (virtually) and completing all course work as assigned. Registration through the U of S is required (see options A-D below)

2. Formal Audit (0cu but will be recorded on your transcript as an official audit) participation open only to Graduate Students enrolled at University of Saskatchewan). This form of the course consists of attending all 5 days of the course instruction via virtual attendance. Registration through the U of S is required.

3. Virtual Workshop (not for credit and open to anyone from anywhere!) participation does not require any formal registration with the University of Saskatchewan. There is a nominal fee for registration. Registration in the virtual workshop will give you access to all five days of course lecture, via online streaming.

Registration follows the same format as for other classes in your graduate program. Please contact the School of Environment and Sustainability @ sens.info@usask.ca if you have any questions or concerns. ENVS 828 is offered for full credit (3cu) or official audit (0cu).

The Western Canadian Dean's Agreement can be used for registration in ENVS 828 for full credit (3cu) for any Graduate Student enrolled in a Canadian university outside the University of Saskatchewan. Students who participate for credit in this class under this agreement will not pay tuition fees, but will pay a small student fee.

For details pertaining to this agreement please see Western Canadian Deans of Graduate Studies web page or contact the School of the Environment and Sustainabilitysens.info@usask.ca. The Form can be accessed Here. We also urge students to check with the Graduate Studies Office at their home institution regarding the approval process for taking a class at the U of S under this agreement, because every institution handles it a bit differently.

Participating Institutions:

  • University of Alberta
  • Athabasca University
  • Brandon University
  • University of British Columbia
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • University of Calgary
  • Concordia University of Edmonton
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • University Northern British Columbia
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Regina
  • Royal Roads University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Winnipeg

The Canadian Universities Graduate Agreement can be used for registration in ENVS 828 for full credit (3cu) for any Graduate Student enrolled in a Canadian institution outside the University of Saskatchewan and not covered under the "Western Dean's Agreement". Please check with your home Graduate Studies office at your home institution and request their specific form to complete. The Graduate Office at your home institution will forward the form to the U of S as the host institution once it is completed on their end. Tuition and student fees for the course will need to be paid to the University of Saskatchewan.

For details pertaining to this agreement please see the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies web page or contact the School of the Environment and Sustainability @ sens.info@usask.ca

We also urge students to check with the Graduate Studies Office at their home institution regarding the approval process for taking a class at the U of S under this agreement, because every institution handles it a bit differently.

Participating Institutions can be found Here (due to CAGS website updates a current list is not available).

The Saskatchewan Universities Graduate Agreement can be used for registration in ENVS 828 for full credit (3cu) for Graduate Students enrolled at the University of Regina.

For details pertaining to this agreement please contact the School of the Environment and Sustainability @ sens.info@usask.ca

The form can be found Here

Virtual Workshop participation is open to all and will be live streamed. Cost for the Workshop is $99 CAD. Registration is completed through Eventbrite and can be accessed Here If you have any questions please contact Kim Janzen.

Contact and Class Location

For more information or questions about the class please contact Kim Janzen.

Class will be held online via live stream, details will be communicated to participants one week prior to course start.