Reading Schedule - 2017

All required readings (in bold) are available electronically at Canvas. All other readings come from the optional text Plant Systematics, 2nd ed. (Simpson, 2010) that is available in the course lab room. If any of the latter readings become required, e files will be made available.

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 Lecture Topic

 Readings (* = non text)

1 No Class  



 Chpt. 1 Plant systematics-an overview

 *Daly et al. 2012. Systematic Agenda 2020. Systematic Biology 61: 549-552.

   Angiosperm morphology  Chpt. 9 Plant morphology, 451-493

 Angiosperm morphology

 Chpt. 6 Evolution of flowering plants


 Nomenclature: the art of naming

 Chpt. 16 Plant nomenclature

 *Payne 2016. Why do taxonomists write the meanest obituaries? Nautilus, Issue 35: Boundaries


 Classification: the art of grouping

 Chpt. 7 Diversity and classification of angiosperms, 181-185


 Angiosperm classification

 Chpt. 7 Diversity and classification of angiosperms, 181-185


 Angiosperm classification



 Magnolids & Paleoherbs: magnolias and wild gingers

 Chpt. 7: Diversity and classification of angiosperms, 185-200


 Ranunculids: buttercups

 Chpt. 8 Diversity and classification of angiosperms, 276-285


 Darwin's "abominable mystery"

 *Saquet et al. 2017. The ancestral flower of angiosperms and its early diversification. Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms16047.

Chpt. 6 Evolution of flowering plants, 176-178


 Chemosystematics: sensual compounds

*Edger et al. 2015. The butterfly plant arms-race escalated by gene and genome duplications. PNAS 112: 8362–8366.


 Lecture Exam #1

 Chpt. 8 Diversity and classification of angiosperms, 295-312


 Caryophyllids: carnations, cacti, and chenopods


   Biosystematics: evolution, isolating mechanisms  *Rieseberg et al. 2006. The nature of plant species. Nature 440: 524-527.


 Biosystematics: speciation

 Chpt. 19 Species and conservation in plant systematics, 649-662


 Biosystematics: speciation



 Phylogenetics: Tracing the tree of life

 Chpt. 2 Phylogenetic systematics


 Phylogenetics II


 Rosids I: roses and currants

 Chpt. 8 Diversity and classification of angiosperms, 285-292, 331-339

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 Rosids II: legumes and hemp

 Chpt. 8: 328-331


 Rosids III: walnuts and violets

 Chpt. 8: 315-327, 339-344


 Rosids IV: willows and maples

 Chpt. 8: 366-371


 Rosids V: mustards and mallows

 Chpt. 8: 291-293, 347-366


 Biosystematics: pollination biology

 Chpt. 13 Plant reproductive biology

*Serrano-Serrano et al. 2017. Hummingbird pollination and the diversification of angiosperms: an old and successful association in Gesneriaceae. Proc. R. Soc. B 284: 20162816


 Plant oddities and systematic puzzles

*Davis et al. 2007. Floral gigantism in Rafflesiaceae. Science 315: 1812.


 Lower Asterids: blueberries and dogwoods



  Lecture Exam #2

 Chpt. 8 Diversity and classification of angiosperms, 372-389


 Asterids I: gentians and milkweeds

 Chpt. 8: 389-400, 412-416


 Asterids II: mints and snapdragons

 Chpt. 8: 400-412


 Asterids III: ginseng and honeysuckles

 Chpt. 8: 416-426


 Asterids IV: asters and ragweed

 Chpt. 8: 426-435


 Monocots I: origins, aquatics and aroids

 Chpt. 7 Diversity and classification of angiosperms, 200-210


 Monocots II: lilies and irises

 Chpt. 7: 210-224





 NO CLASS - Thanksgiving



 Monocots III: orchids and palms

 Chpt. 7: 210-224

*Givnish et al. 2015. Orchid phylogenomics and multiple drivers of their extraordinary diversification. Proc. R. Soc. B 282: 20151553.

     Monocots IV: bananas and pineapples  Chpt. 7: 224-232


 Monocots V: rushes, sedges

 Chpt. 7: 232-249


 Monocots V: grasses

 Chpt. 7: 249-254


 Biosystematics: molecular systematics

 Chpt. 14 Plant molecular systematics

 Biosystematics: biogeography

  *Crisp et al. 2009. Phylogenetic biome conservatism on a global scale. Nature 458 doi:10.1038/nature07764


 Adaptive radiations: evolutionary and systematic repercussions


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 Lecture Exam #3