Summer Flora 2014

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EEB 4272

Summer Session I
June 2nd to July 2nd
M/W/F 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
TLS 179
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Instructor

Nora Mitchell (nora.mitchell@uconn.edu)
Contact me for a permission number

Course description

New England is home to a diverse and thriving selection of plants, many of which reach their peak exuberance during the summer. Proper identification of plants and an understanding of their interactions with the environment are important facets that aid in the appreciation of our natural resources. In this course, students will:

  • Learn to recognize by sight some of the more common plant species
  • Develop a skill set for identifying unknown plant species
  • Gain experience in plant census, collection and curation techniques
  • Learn the system of classifying plant diversity and of naming plant species
  • Learn about the diversity of plant habitats in New England
  • Learn about invasive species and conservation issues in plant biology

The course focuses primarily on plant identification and classification, but students also will acquire skills that would serve them in any number of careers dealing with natural resource management.

Required equipment (all available from UConn Co-op)

  • 30x hand lens (provided for you!)
  • field notebook
  • pencils

Course Texts

  • Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by L. Newcomb, 1989.
  • Trees of Eastern and Central United States and Canada by W.M. Harlow, 1957.
  • Fern Finder by A. C. Hallowell and B. G. Hallowell, 1981.

Grading

  • Quizzes & Assignment 20%: Pdficon small.gif
  • Mid-term exam 30%
  • Final exam 30% Pdficon small.gif Final Exam Plant List
  • Plant collection/preservation project 20%: Instructions Pdficon small.gif Example Label Pdficon small.gif
  • Rubric for assignments: Pdficon small.gif
  • Extra Credit Key Guide: Pdficon small.gif


Tentative schedule: subject to weather!

Day Lecture Field Notes
Week 1
Mon June 2 Introduction, Nomenclature, Vegetative Characters Campus walk Pdficon small.gif Lecture 1 Pdficon small.gif Plant list 1
Wed June 4 Vegetative Characters Cont. Moss Preserve/Tift Pond, Mansfield Pdficon small.gif Lecture 2 Pdficon small.gif Plant list 2
Fri June 6 QUIZ 1, Floral Characters & Pollination Valley Falls Park, Vernon Pdficon small.gif Lecture 3 Pt 1 Pdficon small.gif Lecture 3 Pt 2 Pdficon small.gif Plant List 3
Week 2
Mon June 9 UCONN Herbarium Hillside Environmental Education Park, Storrs Pdficon small.gif Lecture 4 Pdficon small.gif Plant List 4
Wed June 11 Fruits & Seed Dispersal Soapstone Mountain, Somers Pdficon small.gif Lecture 5 Pdficon small.gif Plant List 5
Fri June 13 QUIZ 2, Ferns Webster Fern Garden Tour Pdficon small.gif Lecture 6 Pdficon small.gif Midterm Plant List
Week 3
Mon June 16 MIDTERM EXAM Horsebarn Hill, Storrs (quick lab!) Pdficon small.gif Lecture 7 Pdficon small.gif Plant List 6
Wed June 18 Vegetation Surveys Fenton River, Storrs Pdficon small.gif Lecture 8 Pdficon small.gif Plant List 7
Fri June 20 QUIZ 3, Mounting Specimens Mansfield Hollow, Mansfield Pdficon small.gif Lecture 9 Pdficon small.gif Plant List 8
Week 4
Mon June 23 Bog Plants Willington Bog, Willington Pdficon small.gif Lecture 10 Pdficon small.gif Plant List 9
Wed June 25 Aquatic Habitats Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union Pdficon small.gif Lecture 11 Pdficon small.gif Plant List 10
Fri June 27 QUIZ 4, Saltwater Habitats Eagleville Lake Pdficon small.gif Lecture 12 Pdficon small.gif Plant List 11
Week 5
Mon June 30 Hammonassett State Park, Madison Meet 1pm in Lab, or 2pm at Meigs Nature Center
Wed July 2 FINAL EXAM Specimen mounting & Collections Due Lab open at 3pm to finish mounting!


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