EEB304H - Field Botany



Course outline 2009

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24 May

Bus departs St. George campus 1300h; arrival at JH and set-up; intoduction to JH and Woody plant (vegetative) morphology; field notebook.

Orientation (show-and-tell re assigned plant families).

25 May

Plant reproduction; free-sporing, seedless plants: "Bryophytes" and "Pteridophytes"


Introduction to Angiosperm morphology (vegetative, reproductive); reproductive morphology; homospory and heterospory; heterospory and seeds.

26 May

Plant identification (have a look at this page, and substitute genera or species for "families"); Introduction to plant collecting.

Keying, using the keys in Wildflowers of Ontario; plant collecting (including making and using a plant press).

Curation of the plant samples collected during the day, and identification; the KSR teaching herbarium.

27 May

Vegetation sampling; overstory sampling (sugarbush).

Vegetation sampling; overstory sampling (old growth).

Forest structure data analysis; Calculating Importance Values Using the Point-Center Quarter Method - the PCQM Calculator
Experimental design.

28 May

Road Trip, Day 1: Krug Forest.

Overnight in Wiarton ON

29 May

Road Trip, Day 2: Petrel Point Meadow Marsh, and Luther Bog.

Unpack and clean up after road trip.

30 May

Identification and curation of the plant samples collected on Friday

Course project - discussion of possibilities and expectations.

Ontario flora and vegetation; Canadian ecozones (interactive map).

31 May

Free day for laundry, make and mend.

Free evening.

1 June

Vegetation sampling; understory sampling. Solo afternoon. Prepare and hand in a 1-page study plan for your project.

2 June

Ecological Land Classification system - presentation by D. Leadbeater, AECOM. See also ELC materials available HERE.

Work on research project. On-line identification tools; using LUCID; using DELTA; SLIKS.

3 June

Data graphics using R; work on research project.

Work on research project; M. J. Oldham, NHIC: "Rare Plants of Ontario"

Work on research project.

4 June

Work on research project.

Work on research project.

5 June

Work on research project.

Research project reports (hand in all remaining course work). Screening of The life of plants.

6 June

Clean up classroom and living quarters; pack.

Departure after lunch.  
Useful links
Classification systems: the sexual system
and the natural system.
The Barcode of Life The Tree of Life Angiosperm Phylogeny Website
Toporama (Atlas of Canada)     Flora of North America
  Angiosperm Families (Delta database)  

Marking Scheme

Marks will be based on class participation (30%), on a (very) small plant collection related to your project (20%), and on the results of the research project (50%). Part of the participation mark will be based on a journal kept over the two weeks of the course. Each student will give an oral presentation of the results of their project and be expected to turn in their field notes (=journal), collections, and data. No other formal written reports are required, and there will be no formal exam. Note: All requirements for the course must be completed by the end of the course on 6 June 2009.

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