'Plant Species Montage' by Emily Nagler
PLB 203 Biology of Plants: F13

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Course Schedule

Date

Topic

Student Notes Reading (due BEFORE class begins)
How is science a way of knowing?

W 8/28

Class 1

Plant Diversity - what do we know, what do we need to know? HW 1

Craft of Research - Read: Prologue, Chpts 1, 2. Written reflection (see Homework 1)

M 9/2

Class 2

No Class Meeting
Labor Day

   

W 9/4

Class 3

Plant Diversification - How do we investigate?

HW1 due

Kenrick 2001

Leshner 2012

How does global change affect the evolution and diversification of plants?

M 9/9

Class 4

Phenology and Global warming - What are the connections? HW 2 due

Korner and Basler 2010

Morisette et al 2009

W 9/11

Class 5

What is the cost of leafing? HW 3 due Whitfield 2006

M 9/16

Class 6

How are living systems interconnected? How do biogeochemical cycles connect cells to ecosystems? HW 4 due

Beedlow et al 2004

 

How has plant diversity changed through space and time?

W 9/18

Class 7

How do biogeochemical cycles connect cells to ecosystems? HW 5 due

Vitousek et al 1997

Fastplant Lab - Batzli et al

M 9/23

Class 8

How do plants survive on land? HW 6 due

Kenrick and Crane 1997

W 9/25

Class 9

Linking plant diversity to evolutionary processes HW 7 Due

Literature on C3, C4, CAM pathways

M 9/30

Class 10

How did leaf form evolve? HW 8 Due

Beerling, Osborne, Chaloner 2001

Kenrick 2001

W 10/2

Class 11

Plant Anatomy - Roots, Stems, Leaves, and Flowers HW 9 Due Fast Plant Experiment

M 10/7

Class 12

What is the genetic basis of plant growth and development?  HW 10 Due

Li et al 2006

W 10/9

Class 13

How does a single somatic cell become a whole plant?

HW 11 Due Vogel 2005

M 10/14

Class 14

Phenotypic Plasticity - Fast Plants

W 10/16

Class 15

Midterm exam

 

 

 

How do plant hormones and the environment regulate gene function and expression?

M 10/21

Class 16

Molecular basis of genetic modification    

W 10/23

Class 17

Assembling a research argument - Peer review research proposals    

M 10/28

Class 18

How can transgenes escape?    

W 10/30

Class 19

How tall can a tree get?

   

M 11/4

Class 20

How is a plant an integrated unit (organism)?

   

W 11/6

Class 21

How do plants control growth and development? I    

M 11/11

Class 22

How do plants control growth and development? II    

W 11/13

Class 23

How do plants control growth and development? III    
How do humans manipulate plants? 

M 11/18

Class 24

How do plants control flower development?

 


W 11/20

Class 25

Midterm Exam II

M 11/25

Class 26

Invasive Species    

W 11/27

Class 27

TBA    

M 12/2

Class 28

Biofuels    

W 12/4

Class 29

Poster Session  

M 12/9

Class 30

Final Exam: 12:45pm