Evolution of Green Plants
EEB 3220 (3 cr)
EEB 3220W (W, 4 cr)
EEB 5220 (graduate, 3 cr)
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Lectures: T/TH 12:30-13:45 in Torrey Life Sciences (TLS) 301
EEB3221 (lab) students: To lab home page.
Instructor Contact Information
Bernard Goffinet Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
office: 300 Pharmacy/Biology Building
voice: +1 860-486-5290
Where are our offices? BioPharmacy building, N end of building touching TLS, around the corner from elevator (Dr. Lewis is on the 2nd floor and Dr. Goffinet on the 3rd). If you come from TLS and go up the stairs, enter floor and take hallway on your left.
Textbook and readings
Textbook: Willis and McElwain (2002): The evolution of plants. Oxford University Press. Additional readings from the primary literature will be assigned to some lectures through links in the schedule below. This material (textbook and papers) is considered part of the lecture material and must be read for the midterm and final exams.
- Assignment 3: you have to attend one of the following two seminars:
Sir Peter Crane (Yale): The future of plants. Required attendance: Feb. 23rd. Teale lecture in Dood Center at 4PM.
Ricardo Rozzi (UNT & U Mag): Field environmental philosophy to confront biocultural homogenization in a rapidly changing world. April 5th, BP 130, 4PM
You have to tell us NEXT WEEK which one you will attend. You will have to write up a summary of the talk and submit that the week following the talk. If you have a legitimate reason that prevents you from attending a lecture, we will assign you a different task.
- Watch This: Moss helps chart the conquest of land by plants
- Learn more about the Rhynie Chert at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/rhynie/intro.htm</br>
Notes: downloads require password; best viewed in Adobe Reader.
|Date||Topic||Reading / Assignment||Prof.|
|T 1/17/12||Introduction|| W&E Ch. 1 & first pages of Ch. 2,
|Th 1/19/12|| Before land plants and Introduction to Green algae
See here for more about secondary endosymbiosis
| W&E remainder of Ch. 2 plus pp 67-74,
|T 1/24/12||Aquatic ancestors of embryophytes|| Assignment 1 Due (at start of class)
Tell us which seminar you will attend (assignment 3)
|Th 1/26/12|| Transition to land
Download the lecture notes here
|T 1/31/12|| Succeeding on land: “earliest” embryophytes
You can also download the large pdf from here 
|Notes on bryophytes||Goffinet|
|Th 2/2/12|| Conquering land: early Polysporangiophytes
You can download the pdf from here  or get a downsized version here
|W&E Ch. 3: end of chapter||Goffinet|
|T 2/7/12||Origin of vascular plants and biogeography of early land plants
You can download the notes here 
| W&E remainder of Ch. 3: 51-67, 77-80
Assignment 2 Due (at start of class)
|Th 2/9/12||Physiological desiccation tolerance; get notes here ||Oliveretal2005.pdf||Lewis|
|T 2/14/12||The first forests (evolution of the stele, leaves and roots)||W&E remainder of Ch. 4: 81-92 & 99-110||Goffinet|
|Th 2/16/12||Descent with modification: evolution of lignin, stomata and cuticle||Goffinet|
|T 2/21/12||Evolution of organellar genomes||Lewis|
|Th 2/23/12||Origin and evolutionary significance of heterospory: the origin of the seed|| W&E remainder of Ch. 4: 92-99 & 112-129
Assignment 3a: Teale Seminar: Sir Peter Crane, 4PM, Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center
|T 2/28/12||The Developmental tool kit of land plants||Goffinet|
|Th 3/1/12||Evolution of nuclear genomes||Assignment 3a due (at start of class)||Lewis|
|T 3/6/12||Midterm exam (through 2/28 lecture)|
|Th 3/8/12||Partners in the conquest of land||Lewis|
|T 3/13/12||Spring Break|
|Th 3/15/12||Spring Break|
|T 3/20/12||Divergence dating, integration of fossils||Lewis|
|Th 3/22/12||Recent diversifications in early land plants||Lewis|
|T 3/27/12||Evolution and biogeography of early seed plants||W&E Ch. 5||Goffinet|
|Th 3/29/12||Evolution of gymnosperms||W&E Ch. 5||Goffinet|
|T 4/3/12||Mass extinction||W&E Ch. 8||Goffinet|
|Th 4/5/12||Ancient DNA|| W&E Ch. 9
Assignment 3b: Seminar: Ricardo Rozzi (UNT & U Mag): Field environmental philosophy to confront biocultural homogenization in a rapidly changing world. April 5th, BP 130, 4PM
|T 4/10/12||Origin of flower, fossils, etc.||W&E Ch. 6||Lewis|
|Th 4/12/12||Origin of flower, fossils, etc.|| W&E Ch. 6
Assignment 3b due (at start of class)
|T 4/17/12||Diversification of grasses, photosynthesis||W&E Ch. 7||Lewis|
|Th 4/19/12||Diversification of grasses, photosynthesis||W&E Ch. 7||Lewis|
|T 4/24/12||Phylogeny, dating, homology||Lewis|
|Th 4/26/12||Phylogeny, dating, homology & Presentations by EEB 5220 Students|
- Watch This: movie of bryophyte gametes
"Whitish smoke in the movie are small droplets containing smreps (deliberate misspelling of word for male gametes).
The smreps in the droplets are still un-motile. When touch the
water, they begin to swim. In our experiments, misting with water is
trigger of the explosion. If antheridia were mature, the explosion
begin within few minutes. The event continued about for 10 min.
Intense light for video recording also seems to accelerate the
phenomenon. Each antheridia is deeply sunk in a cavity of
antheridiophore and there is a very small pore on the top of each
cavity. Swollen cells of surrounding tissue might cause the pressure
force. Cavers (1903) and Muggoch & Walton (1942) also discussed about the mechanism, but, I think no one examined about the detail mechanism of the phenomenon.
In Hiroshima, the season of mreps dispersal is Spring (April to May).
In our field observation, we detected many airborne smreps in the
sunny day after rain shower.
I do not have detail data about how many species of liverworts have
airborne mreps. At least, Asian species of Conocephalum (C.
japonicum) do in the same manner." M. Shimamura
Shimamura, M., Yamaguchi, T. & Deguchi, H. 2008. Airborne sperm of Conocephalum conicum (Conocephalaceae). J. Plant Res. 121: 69-71. http://www.springerlink.com/content/fl2105h6428366m3/