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SYLLABUS FOR FIELD BOTANY, SUMMER 2014
Course Goal
: To introduce you to the basic ideas about function and evolution of flowering plants as reflected in their structure and to provide you with the basic skills in technical plant collection and identification. There will be about 10 field trips.
Schedule
: June 16
 – 
 July 10 (9 AM TO 12:45 PM), 100 Jeffords Building (but mostly in the field)
 
Instructor
: David S. Barrington (dbarring@uvm.edu, 656-0431, 338-0313)
Text Books
: Magee, D. and H. E. Ahles. 1999 or 2008. Flora of the northeast. Univ. Massachusetts Press. ISBN 1-55849-189-9. (available as loaners; you do not need to buy this book).  Newcomb, L. 1977. Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. Little Brown. ISBN 0-316-60442-9 (paper) OR ANY OTHER
POPULAR GUIDE, for instance Peterson’s.
 
Important
: buy a handlens that magnifies at least 10x, put it on a string around your neck, and bring it to class EVERY DAY. They are available at the UVM bookstore.
This is the website for this course. I change and develop the website for this course almost every day. It has a broad array of digital resources for the course that you will not have access to via handouts or textbooks. Please let me know as soon as possible if you have problems connecting to this resource.
Course Goal:
To introduce you to the basic ideas about function and evolution of flowering plants as reflected in their structure and to provide you with the basic skills in technical plant collection and identification. There will be about 8-10 field trips.
Topical Contents of Lecture and Lab
(There is a more detailed syllabus available on line.) 1. Morphology of Flowering Plants Vegetative Features and Serial Homology
 
Reproductive features and central assumptions of flowering plant evolution 2. Ecology of Pollination and Dispersal
 
Pollination Biology. Dispersal of Fruits and Seeds 3. Taxonomy Early history of plant naming
 
Basic botanical nomenclature and the type concept Morphological Species Concept
 
Modern Species Concepts
 
4, Phylogeny and Classification History of Phylogeny Work on Angiosperms
 
Principles of phylogenetic inference
 
Major Groups of Flowering Plants 5. Speciation

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