Evolution of Plant Diversity
BIOL 326 - Evolution of Plant Diversity4 hours TAUGHT AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM How does biodiversity survive and change over time? How do scientists study the Tree of Life, and what can the tree of life tell us about the trees in our own backyard? Biodiversity is one of the hottest topics in science today. Medical researchers use Tree of Life research methods to study the evolution and spread of viruses. Scientists trace the migration of humans using the very methods they use to study the evolution of humans and other primates. In the plant world, biodiversity science underpins our efforts to conserve and catalog the world’s plant species. This course will include lectures, labs, and field studies that introduce students to the broad and exciting field of plant biodiversity science.
Prerequisite(s): General Biology and at least one of the following courses: Botany, Ecology, Genetics, Physiology, Biochemistry or Evolution. Consent.