Summer Flora 2014
Summer Session I
June 2nd to July 2nd
M/W/F 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Nora Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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)
- 10x hand lens (provided for you!)
- field notebook
- 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.
Field notebook 10%
Mid-term exam 25%
Final exam 25%
Plant collection/preservation project 20%
Tentative schedule: subject to weather!
|Mon June 2||Introduction to course, plant identification||Scientific sketching, Reproductive features||Campus walk|
|Wed June 4||Plant nomenclature & taxonomy||Vegetative features||Wolf Rock|
|Fri June 6||Phylogenetics & Systematics||Moss & Fern ID||Webster Fern Garden, Pink Ravine|
|Mon June 9||Natural History collections||Tour UConn Herbarium||TBD|
|Wed June 11||Green plant evolution||Gymnosperm identification||Mansfield Hollow S.P.|
|Fri June 13||Introduction to Angiosperms||Apiaceae / Asteraceae / Lamiaceae / Plantaginaceae||TBD||Room available for review after class|
|Mon June 16||MIDTERM EXAM||Brassicaceae / Ranunculaceae / Rosaceae / Fabaceae||Boston Hollow|
|Wed June 18||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Fri June 20||New England habitats||Scrophulariaceae / Droseraceae / Sarraceniaceae / Ericaceae||Willington Bog|
|Mon June 23||Graminoid (grass / sedge / rush) identification||Cyperaceae / Juncaceae / Poaceae||TBD grassland|
|Wed June 25||Plant ecology||Ecological techniques||Fenton River|
|Fri June 27||Beach ecosystems (in van)||Hammonassett State Park|
|Mon June 30||Invasive species and species of conservation concern||Apiaceae / Asteraceae / Fabaceae||TBD||Room available for review after class|
|Wed July 2||FINAL EXAM||Specimen mounting|