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A - Advanced

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Meets the following requirements:

  • ES - Environmental Science

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This course is aimed at those interested in exploring the taxonomy of non-woody plants of New England and learning the science of plant systematics.

Lectures will cover aspects of taxonomy and topics of systematics, including botanical nomenclature, methods and principles of plant systematics, classification systems of flowering plants, advances in molecular systematics, plant evolutionary process, phylogenetic relationships of flowering plants, and specimen preparation and identification.

Laboratories will introduce students to plant families of the region including species-rich families such as Asteraceae, Poaceae, and Cyperaceae. Evaluations are based on the identification and preparation of 50 plant specimens belonging to 25 plant families, five quizzes, and a 20-minute presentation of a final project.



Trees and Shrubs of Mount Desert Island or an intermediate/advanced course in Botany.

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