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Field Botany of Northern Michigan - EEB 556


3 credits

Recommended preprequisites: BIOLOGY 171 or equivalent (e.g. BIOLOGY 195), two college-level courses in biology, or permission of instructor.

Satisfies requirements for: BS, NS, PitE practical experience, EEB field/research and biodiversity, and Biology majors Lab

Meets: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Instructor: Co-instructed by Chuck Davis and Susan Fawcett

Course Description

Habitat loss, fragmentation, invasive species, and climate change all pose tremendous threats to plant diversity and the important ecosystem services that plants provide. Yet inadequate attention to plant inventories leaves many taxa unprotected, without efficiently targeted conservation efforts, and many plants face extinction before they are even described.

This course will equip you to fill this gap. You will explore plant diversity of the Great Lakes region – identification, patterns of distribution, phylogenetic relationships, ecology, and more, and learn how natural and human forces are accelerating changes. An excellent choice for students considering applied work in conservation of land or endangered species, as well as for those headed for a more research-focused career.