Evolution of Green Plants Lab

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Scanning electron micrograph of Equisetum sperm cells. Image by K. S. Renzaglia (http://www.science.siu.edu/landplants/Sphenophyta/sphenophyta.html).

EEB 3221 (1 cr)

EEB 5221 (1 cr)

Spring 2012

Lab meetings: T 2-5 PM in TLS 181
Labs begin the first week of class.
A lab syllabus will be distributed in the first lab session.

Pdficon small.gif LabSyllabus_S12.pdf

Contact Information

Rachel Rock-Blake, Lab Instructor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
office: Biology/Pharmacy Building 4th floor 405
voice: +1 860-486-4027
email: r.rockblake@uconn.edu

Office hours: Wednesday 2-3, BIOPHARM 405 or feel free to email in advance


All assignments should be turned in during lab on the date due. Unless there is prior arrangement, assignments turned in late will lose 10% of their point value for each day late, to a maximum of 50%. Keep all of your returned assignments, and copies/computer files. If there are questions about your grade you will need these documents. No Reports or Assignments will be accepted via Email. Only paper copies will be accepted.


Lab points: 100 points total

Assignment 1

Assignment 2 Qs about green algae based on labs 3,4: 10pts

Assignment 3 Lab 5 paper discussion (summary and participation): 10pts

Assignment 4 Qs about bryophytes based on labs 6,7: 10pts

Assignment 5 Lab 8 paper discussion (summary and participation): 10pts

Assignment 6 Qs about vascular plants/fossils based on lab: 10pts

Assignment 7 Lab 13 paper discussion (summary and participation): 10pts

Assignment 8 Write up of construction and analysis of character matrix: 30pts


You are required to attend all labs. If you will be missing a lab for any reason contact me as soon as possible. Note: missing more than 3 labs will result in a failure for the course.

General Rules for Laboratory

No food or drink in the laboratory No open-toed shoes (Sandals and Flip-flops are not appropriate to wear to lab) No Ringing or Vibrating or Texting Cellular Phones

Schedule, Spring 2012

Date Topic Assignments
17 Jan Lab 1. Overview, Greenhouse/collection facility tours
24 Jan Lab 2. Characters and trees Pdficon small.gif Lab2.S2012.pdf
31 Jan Lab 3. Green algae morphological forms and life cycles. Review of microscope: handling, cleaning, total magnification, focusing. Pdficon small.gif GreenAlgaeLab3.pdf Life cycles: review Ulva and Volvox specifically Pdficon small.gif Lab 3.pdf
07 Feb Lab 4. Green algae morphological forms and life cycles, continued
14 Feb Lab 5. Discussion of Papers on green algae phylogeny
21 Feb Lab 6. Bryophyte morphology and life cycles (Mosses, Hornworts, and Liverworts)
28 Feb Lab 7. Bryophyte morphology and life cycles (Mosses, Hornworts, and Liverworts), continued
06 Mar Lab 8. Discussion of Papers on bryophyte anatomy and phylogeny
20 Mar Lab 9. Seedless vascular plant morphology and life cycles
27 Mar Lab 10. Vascular plant anatomy
03 Apr Lab 10. Vascular plant fossils
10 Apr Lab 11. Vascular plant fossils
17 Apr Lab 12. Discussion of Papers on vascular plant phylogeny and evolution
24 Apr Final