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2015-2016 Catalog

BIOL 342 Botany and Biodiversity

This course reviews principles of plant biology-form and function from cells to organisms-in the context of how plants impact ecosystem structure. Emphasis is on terrestrial vascular plants, with focus on both conifers and angiosperms, in particular as they relate to local and broad-scale patterns of biological diversity. Practicum includes field identifications using the concept of pattern recognition, application of GIS tools to mapping plant distributions, and applying primary literature to investigate controversies of plant invasions, plant pests and botanical pharmaceuticals. Students choose a topic for scientific study and presentation.


One of the following: BIOL 224, BIOL 231, BIOL 234