EEB304H - Field Botany



Course Projects

Here is a sampling of past projects done in this course (click on a title page for more information about the project). Below there is more information about the project and how it and the plant collection will be evaluated, as well as some random number tables generated using the R Package.

Rhizome project

Carex polyclave Forest disturbance project
Maianthemum rhizomes


Fern frond size and anatomy
  Note: The project title pages and the project illustrations linked from them are, to the extent that they contain original research and illustrations, © the students identified as the authors.

Project marking scheme for 2009

Project description - This should be a one-page summary of the project you intend to do for the course (Question (-s) asked, intended material, and methods of data collection and evaluation). It will be due on Wednesday, 24 May, and should be submitted by e-mail to the instructor. You can see from the course outline that you will have had plenty of time to think about a project by this time, and to do some preliminary investigation as to what might work. Evaluation will be based on the nature of the question asked, and the feasibility of answering it in a limited time and with the facilities available. You will not be evaluated on the resemblance of your completed project to this description. (10% of the course mark)

Oral presentation - You will have 10' in which to present your project to the class, plus a few minutes in which to answer questions. You are advised to make a short Powerpoint presentation in order to convey as much information as possible visually. Here you will be evaluated more on the effectiveness with which you describe your project and its results, than on project itself. (20% of the course mark)

Powerpoint file - The powerpoint file used in your presentation takes the place of a written report on your project. In it you should clearly lay out the questions you asked, how you tried to answer them, what results you obtained, what you think it all means, and what resources (print- and web-based) that you used in completing this assignment. Please note that all images should be either prepared by you (digital photographs, scanned sketches) or clearly acknowledged as to their source. A scanner is available in the classroom, so you are encouraged to make and use your own sketches to capture and present information. Evaluation will be based on the clarity of the presentation and the care with which it is prepared in the limited time available. (20% of the course mark)

Voucher specimens (plant collection)

The plant collection you make will consist of voucher specimens for your project. If your project concerns a single species, then the collection should document that species, and possibly the specific individuals that you studied. Alternatively, if you are comparing different species, or studying a particular habitat then it may be necessary to collect vouchers of some or all of the species that you encounter. A spreadsheet file into which you can enter the data needed for each specimen label is available HERE. The filled-in file should be submitted by e-mail to the instructor at the close of the course. Because of the timing of your work on the project you will have to submit your specimens (clearly identified by your name and any collection numbers needed to label each one unambiguously) in one of the plant presses provided for the course. Your specimens will be evaluated according to the criteria that you learned about on your visit to the Green Plant herbarium, and their relevance to your project. (20% of the course mark)

Random number tables

HERE are some lists of random numbers to use with PCQM sampling. Note that there are three different ranges available: 5-10 m, 7-12 m, and 9-14 m.

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