Botany 400 - Plant Systematics

Description:

Plant systematics: the integration of taxonomy (identification, nomenclature, classification emphasizing flowering plants), evolution (speciation, reproductive biology, adaptation, convergence, biogeography), and phylogenetics (phenetics, cladistics, morphology and molecules). Lab emphasis on representative families and genera of flowering plants in Wisconsin, use of keys and manuals, plant collection.

Prerequisite:

Botany 130 or Botany/Zoology 151-152 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

Schedule:

Lecture - 12:05-12:55 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, B302 Birge

Lab 301 - 1:20-4:20 p.m. Tuesday, 243 Birge

Lab 302 - 1:20-4:20 p.m. Wednesday, 243 Birge

Lab 303 - 1:20-4:20 p.m. Thursday, 243 Birge

Staff:

Ken Sytsma, 250 Birge Hall, 262-4490 - Lecture & Lab 301

Melody Sain, 216 Birge Hall, 265-7929 - Lab 302

John Zaborsky, 258 Birge Hall, 262-4422 - Lab 303

Textbooks:

Laboratory dissecting kit (available at University Bookstore).

Course booklet - syllabus and laboratory manual - available at UW Canvas in pdf for download; available at L&S Copy Shop in Sociology Building on Observatory, 3-hole punched for 3-ring binder

Course lecture powepoint slide pdfs will be available online at this website.

Recommended books: all available in the laboratory.

Black, M. and E. J. Judziewicz. 2009. Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region: A Comprehensive Field Guide. 2nd edition. Univ. of Wisc. Press. ISBN 9780299230

Simpson, M.G. 2010. Plant Systematics. 2nd editon. Elsevier-Academic Press. [The 1st edition from 2006 is also available in the lab and can be useful if found used]

Harris, J. G. and M. W. Harris. 2001. Plant Identification Terminology. An Illustrated Glossary. 2nd editon. Spring Lake Publ. Spring Lake, Utah.

Reznicek and Voss. 2012. Field Manual of Michigan Flora. University of Michigan Press

Grading: 500 points

 3 lecture exams  240 points
 3 lab practicals  135 points
 1 plant collection  80 points
 3 lab projects + participation  45 points

 A  460 - 500 points  C  350 - 379 points
 AB  440 - 459 points  D  300 - 349 points
 B  400 - 439 points  F  less than 300 points
 BC  380 - 399 points    

Exam schedule:

Lecture exams #1, 2, & 3: Mon., Oct. 2; Mon., Nov. 6; Wed., Dec. 13

NO final exam

Lab practicals will be held during lab periods, as scheduled, #1 – Oct. 3-5; #2 – Nov. 7-9; #3 – Dec. 12-13 [note: Thu lab section will be given alternative times to take 3rd lab practical].

Plant collection:

25 plants; native or naturalized; collected, pressed, and dried; 5 mounted (from your collection or Student Herbarium backlog), all others unmounted; collections will not be returned; see Lab 1 directions for more details.

Due Friday, December 8 evening

Students who do not submit plant collections can not pass the course!