Teaching

Guo’s teaching in the School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) at UWM includes the following courses:

  • FRSHWTR-514: Analytical Techniques in Freshwater Sciences (3 Cr.), focus on hands-on experience in modern analytical/geochemical techniques (2/3) and nucleic acids/genomics principles and methods (1/3).
  • FRSHWTR-522: Biogeochemistry of dissolved organic matter (3 Cr.). This course focuses on the source, sink, chemical composition, molecular size distribution and biogeochemical cycling of dissolved and colloidal organic matter in the aquatic continuum, with an emphasis on biogeochemical processes at the soil-water, river-lake, and land-ocean interfaces.
  • FRSHWTR-524: Aquatic Isotope Biogeochemistry (3 Cr.), including the principle and applications of both stable isotopes and radionuclides in aquatic environments
  • FRSHWTR-999:  Independent Studies (1-3 Cr.), on laboratory techniques, experimental designs, and characterization of aquatic colloids and nanoparticles.

 

FRSHWTR-514: Analytical Techniques in Freshwater Sciences (beginning Spring 2018)

This is a 3 credit hours course with 2/3 (2 credit hours) in modern analytical/geochemical techniques and 1/3 (one credit hour) in anucleic acids/genomics principles and methods, co-taught with Dr. Ryan Newton.  This was designed to enhance students’ analytical skills and provide hands-on experience for graduate students, especial PSM students in the SFS/UWM.

FRSHWTR-522: Biogeochemistry of dissolved organic matter

This is a 3 credit hours course focusing on the source, sink, chemical composition, molecular size distributions and biogeochemical cycling of natural organic matter in the aquatic continuum, with an emphasis on dissolved organic matter (DOM) and colloidal organic matter (COM) across different hydrological and biogeochemical gradients and/or biogeochemical processes at the soil-water, river-lake, and land-ocean interfaces”.  It will be taught once per year or once in two years depending on the number of students.  The course is offered to students, both within and external to the School of Freshwater Sciences, who are interested in gaining knowledge of natural organic matter and its ecological/environmental roles in aquatic systems. Graduate and undergraduate students from freshwater sciences, biological/environmental science and geosciences will greatly benefit from this course.  Contact Dr. Guo at guol@uwm.edu if you are interested or have questions.

FRSHWTR-524: Aquatic Isotope Biogeochemistry

This is a 3 credit hours course and will cover the principle and application of both stable isotopes, radiocarbon, and radioactive isotopes in aquatic systems. Stable and radioactive isotopes are powerful tracers in understanding the chemical, biological, geological, hydrological and physicochemical processes in aquatic environments.  Students will gain an understanding of isotope biogeochemistry, radio safety and dose, analytical techniques for detection and measurements of isotopes, and applications of stable isotopes including traditional and non-traditional stable isotopes, naturally occurring radionuclides and tracer techniques in tracing particle dynamics, foodweb transfer, hydrological cycle, pollutant transport, and geochemical and biogeochemical processes in aquatic systems. Knowledge and skills gained from this course should provide a broad range of approaches that can be applied to student research projects or in the workplace. See a copy of course flyer below. Contact Dr. Guo if you are interested or have questions: guol@uwm.edu.

FRSHWTR-999:  Independent Studies

“Independent Studies” could be 1-3 credit hours depending on the need from a specific student.  This course will cover modern laboratory techniques and/or current topics in Freshwater Sciences and Aquatic Biogeochemistry. See my webpage at https://uwm.edu/guo-lab/laboratory/ to see if you are interested in a specific laboratory technique.  Contact Dr. Guo at guol@uwm.edu if you are interested or have questions.