Course List: Field Plant Systematics
FIELD PLANT SYSTEMATICS
LIFE 120 or AGRO 131
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Overview of the diversity of plants and algae, with emphasis on phylogenetic relationships, the evolution of important physical and genomic characteristics, principles of plant classification and identification, and modern methods of plant molecular systematics.
During the course, the students will explore and gain a deeper understanding of the methods and applications of plant systematics, including:
- The biodiversity of plants, from algae to crops
- The defining characteristics of major plant groups
- The phylogenetic relationships among plant groups
- The origin and evolutionary diversification of plants and their novel features
- The principles of plant classification and identification
- Modern methods of plant systematics
The course will involve a combination of field excursions, lectures, lab work, and independent research projects. Most mornings will be spent in the field exploring plant diversity, while afternoons will generally include lectures and lab work. Research projects will involve the identification, characterization, and molecular analysis of a particular group of plants.