Botany 400 - Plant Systematics
Plant systematics: the integration of taxonomy (identification, nomenclature, classification emphasizing flowering plants), evolution (speciation, reproductive biology, adaptation, convergence, biogeography), and phylogenetics (phenetics, cladistics, morphology and molecules). Lab emphasis on representative families and genera of flowering plants in Wisconsin, use of keys and manuals, plant collection.
Botany 130 or Botany/Zoology 151-152 or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Lecture - 12:05-12:55 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, B302 Birge
Lab 301 - 1:20-4:20 p.m. Tuesday, 243 Birge
Lab 302 - 1:20-4:20 p.m. Wednesday, 243 Birge
Lab 303 - 1:20-4:20 p.m. Thursday, 243 Birge
Ken Sytsma, 250 Birge Hall, 262-4490 - Lecture & Lab 301
- office hour Mon/Wed 1:00-2:00
Melody Sain, 216 Birge Hall, 265-7929 - Lab 302
- office hour TBD
John Zaborsky, 258 Birge Hall, 262-4422 - Lab 303
- office hour Wed 1:00-2:00
Laboratory dissecting kit (available at University Bookstore).
Course booklet - syllabus and laboratory manual - available at UW Canvas in pdf for download; available at L&S Copy Shop in Sociology Building on Observatory, 3-hole punched for 3-ring binder
Course lecture powepoint slide pdfs will be available online at this website.
Recommended books: all available in the laboratory.
Black, M. and E. J. Judziewicz. 2009. Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region: A Comprehensive Field Guide. 2nd edition. Univ. of Wisc. Press. ISBN 9780299230
Simpson, M.G. 2010. Plant Systematics. 2nd editon. Elsevier-Academic Press. [The 1st edition from 2006 is also available in the lab and can be useful if found used]
Harris, J. G. and M. W. Harris. 2001. Plant Identification Terminology. An Illustrated Glossary. 2nd editon. Spring Lake Publ. Spring Lake, Utah.
Reznicek and Voss. 2012. Field Manual of Michigan Flora. University of Michigan Press
Grading: 500 points
3 lecture exams 240 points 3 lab practicals 135 points 1 plant collection 80 points 3 lab projects + participation 45 points
A 460 - 500 points C 350 - 379 points AB 440 - 459 points D 300 - 349 points B 400 - 439 points F less than 300 points BC 380 - 399 points
Lecture exams #1, 2, & 3: Mon., Oct. 2; Mon., Nov. 6; Wed., Dec. 13
NO final exam
Lab practicals will be held during lab periods, as scheduled, #1 – Oct. 3-5; #2 – Nov. 7-9; #3 – Dec. 12-13 [note: Thu lab section will be given alternative times to take 3rd lab practical].
25 plants; native or naturalized; collected, pressed, and dried; 5 mounted (from your collection or Student Herbarium backlog), all others unmounted; collections will not be returned; see Lab 1 directions for more details.
Due Friday, December 8 evening
Students who do not submit plant collections can not pass the course!