Biology | Seminar in Systematics
B560 | 0625 | Gastony, G


Course format: Seminar.  Lectures 1:25-2:15 R, January 10-March 7, JH 243.
Laboratories/Field Trips 1:25-4:10 R, March 21-April 25.

Requirements: Graduate standing in biology or consent of instructor.

Course description: Topic for spring semester 2002: Spring Flora. Most grad
students have a course background that is process oriented rather than
taxon oriented, and this problem-focused approach to biology even more
strongly defines their graduate work.  Thus it has been suggested that even
grad students in research labs studying plants have little knowledge of the
plants comprising our local flora.  When our delightful spring flora bursts
upon us following a long, dreary Indiana winter, for example, few students
know what these plants are whose flowers remind us that life exists outside
the lab and is good. Nevertheless, grad students generally can't afford the
time to take a full-blown local flora course like the 5-credit B364 Summer
Flowering Plants course taught in the 8-week summer session.

Because the spring flora is typically not in bloom in our area before
mid-March, weekly meetings before March 21 will be in the form of lectures
presenting characteristics of flowering plant families that we will
subsequently encounter on field trips.  Following spring break, the weekly
meetings will be either 3-hour labs in which flowers are dissected and
analyzed and identification techniques are practiced or field trips to
sites in Monroe and adjacent counties to experience and identify the spring
wildflowers in nature.  The course is anticipated to cover mostly the
colorful herbaceous spring wildflowers but also some of the spring
flowering trees, including those with conspicuous flowers and those with
inconspicuous flowers in aments or catkins.  This seminar should be a
pleasant spring flora experience from which you learn something practical
about plant identification.

No text is anticipated for the lectures but illustrated handouts will be
provided.  For field trips the text will be "Field Guide to Indiana
Wildflowers" by Kay Yatskievych, Indiana University Press, 2000.