Plant Ecology and Physiology
Winter 2016 quarter
How do plants and plant communities function? How do plants differ in function above ground and below ground? We will closely examine the ecology and physiology of plants and current methods in plant ecology. Our studies will be divided among those that focus on individual plants (autecology), the interactions among plants (synecology), and physiological interactions with the environment (ecophysiology). Topics will include plant communities; competition and facilitation ecology; plant physiology; water use; photosynthesis; plant growth and form; rooting; and the potential effects of large-scale disturbances, such as climate change, on plant communities. We will apply what we learn about plant ecology to better understand current research in the broader fields of ecosystem and community ecology. Our readings will be divided between current widely used texts in plant physiology and ecology, historical papers of great importance, and current research papers from technical journals. Local day trips, workshops, labs, and a multiple-day field trip will allow us to observe field research on plant physiology, plant restoration, and the plant ecology of diverse environments, as well as conduct student-driven research on plant ecology and physiology.
This is also a writing intensive program for technical science writing. Communication skills will be emphasized, particularly reading scientific articles and writing for scientific audiences.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day