COURSE SCHEDULE:   Spring 2021

(updated March 11)

 

Lectures are held from 11:10 AM -12:00 PM, M/W/F, online via Zoom
Lab meets  W from 1:25-5:15 PM or Th from 1:40-5:30 PM in B219

 Lecture handouts and powerpoint slides (PDFs) available on Google shared drive: Biology Department Resources

Date Lecture
Reading* Laboratory
Jan 25
Jan 27
Jan 29
Evolutionary perspective
Populations genetics
Species concept(s) for plants

Clark et al., (2018)

Introduction to Plant Taxonomy
Evolutionary Mechanisms
(computer: PopG and PopBio)

Feb 1
Feb 3
Feb 5
Species concept(s) for plants
Species concept(s) for plants
Reproductive isolation

 
Phylogeny reconstruction:
Data collection

(PLANT FAMILIES I)
Feb 8
Feb 10
Feb 12
Reproductive isolation
Reproductive isolation
Quiz 1; begin Evolution of RI
  Phylogeny reconstruction:
  Analysis methods
(PAUP & Mesquite)
(PLANT FAMILIES II)
Feb 15
Feb 17
Feb 19
Evolution of RI
Evolution of RI
Modes of speciation
  Phylogeny reconstruction:
 (SNOW/ICE: NO LAB.  Sequence Analysis at home)
Feb 22
Feb 24
Feb 26
Modes of speciation
Modes of speciation
Modes of speciation; (Quiz 2; do-at-home)
Phylogeny reconstruction:
morphology analysis

(PLANT FAMILIES III)
Mar 1
Mar 3
Mar 5
Sympatric speciation
Sympatric speciation
Hybridization & introgression
  Phylogeny reconstruction:
wrapping up

(PLANT FAMILIES IV)
Discussion: Independent Projects
Mar 8
Mar 10
Mar 12
Hybridization & introgression
   [NO LECTURE]
Polyploidy (Quiz 3; do-at-home)
  No LAB
Mar 15
Mar 17
Mar 19
Polyploidy
Plant Kingdom diversification
Heterospory & origin of seeds
 

FIELD TRIP: Lacamas Park, WA
Independent Projects: 

consultation

Mar 22
Mar 24
Mar 26
Reproduction: seed plants
Seed plant gametophytes
Quiz 4; begin Flowering plants
 


***Independent Project: consultaiton & experimental design

Mar 29
Mar 31
Apr 2
Reproduction: flowering plants
Flowering plant origins
Mating system: diversity & evolution
 

PLANT FAMILIES: quiz
Wed KEY; Thur KEY

Independent Projects: data collection

Apr 3
(SATURDAY)
FIELD TRIP: COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
Apr 5
Apr 7
Apr 9
Mating system: evolutionary theory
Mating system: evolutionary theory
Quiz 5
  Independent Projects: data collection
Apr 12-16 SPRING BREAK
Apr 19
Apr 21
Apr 23
Outcrossing mechanisms
Outcrossing mechanisms
Self-fertilization

 

Independent Projects: data analysis
Apr 26
Apr 28
Apr 30
Asexual reproduction
Flowering plant dominance
Flowering plant dominance
  Independent Projects:
presentations in lab
May 12
(9 AM-12 PM)
Quiz 6


*ASSIGNED READING

Readings from the research literature will be assigned for each topic and linked on the Reading page, supplemented by optional reading from the folllowing books which are on 3-hour reserve in the Library:
    Briggs, D, & SM Walters. 1997. Plant variation and evolution, third edition. Cambridge University Press, NY, NY.
    Judd et al. 2016. Plant Systematics: a phylogenetic approach, 4th ed. Sinauer Associates, Inc, Sunderland, MA

For the laboratory there is also a reference text:
    Zomlefer, WR. 1994. Guide to flowering plant families. Univ. of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.