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The essential elements of biology necessary for a scientist with a background in the quantitative sciences to begin working in the biological sciences. Core biological concepts will be presented with the goal of getting computer scientists, physicists, and mathematicians started in understanding…

The biology, ecology, genetics, morphology, and taxonomy of fungi. Groups of organisms traditionally classified with the fungi will also be discussed. Students will learn how to collect, isolate, culture, and identify fungi.
 

The biology, ecology, genetics, morphology, and taxonomy of fungi. Groups of organisms traditionally classified with the fungi will also be discussed. Students will learn how to collect, isolate, culture, and identify fungi.
 

Patterns of plant distribution in contemporary landscapes and underlying processes, including vegetation dynamics, disturbance ecology, biogeomorphology, dendrochronology, and environmental history.
 

Biogeography and ecology of the world's main terrestrial biomes. Includes world bioclimatic zonation, plant-geographic processes, other physical environmental factors, plant functional roles and types, vegetation dynamics, response to disturbance, and potential natural vegetation. Emphasis on…

Theories, policies, and operational procedures in the management of natural history collections, including higher category classification, identification, field collecting, accessioning, preparation, curation, and data management.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.…

Theories, policies, and operational procedures in the management of natural history collections, including higher category classification, identification, field collecting, accessioning, preparation, curation, and data management.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.…

Ethnobotanical research, with focus on knowledge and utilization of the plant world in traditional societies. Comparisons of societies in tropical forest ecosystems and evaluation of issues relating to intellectual property rights and traditional peoples' knowledge of plant species with…

Ethnobotanical research, with focus on knowledge and utilization of the plant world in traditional societies. Comparisons of societies in tropical forest ecosystems and evaluation of issues relating to intellectual property rights and traditional peoples' knowledge of plant species with…

Methods and applications of molecular biology and gene technology. These will include PCR, gene isolation strategies and various host-plasmid systems, cDNA and genomic cloning, bioinformatics and searching DNA database, genome projects, recombinant protein and stem cell therapeutics, animal…

Survey of the wealth of information arising from genomic research conducted on diverse species across the tree of life. Students will explore the evolutionary diversification of genomes in phylogenetically remote organisms and refine critical thinking and technical writing skills through…

Examination of the diversity of plant-animal interactions from an ecological (population, community), evolutionary (phylogeny, adaptation), and mechanistic (structure-function, interaction dynamics, development) perspective.
 

Designed for students to learn how modern problems in medicine, agriculture, and biology are solved using big data “omics.” Topics include comparative gene and genome sequence analyses, transcriptomics, metabolomics, phylogenomics, and application of these approaches in medical, agricultural,…

Organismal biology of protists (algae, protozoa, and zoosporic fungi) with an emphasis on cellular and developmental biology, evolution, phylogenetic relationships, life histories, physiology, and ecology.
 

Examination and identification of protists in samples from nature, methods of isolating and culturing protists, and experimental investigations of protists.
 

This course, an introduction to botanical illustration, includes instruction in plant morphology and associated terminology. Students sharpen their observation skills by examining plants, macroscopically and microscopically, via hands-on drawing exercises with live material. By creating their…

This course, an introduction to botanical illustration, includes instruction in plant morphology and associated terminology. Students sharpen their observation skills by examining plants, macroscopically and microscopically, via hands-on drawing exercises with live material. By creating their…

History of taxonomy, nomenclature, characters, identification principles, classification, taxonomic relationships, taxonomic literature, species biology, collecting and herbarium, floristic studies.
 

History of taxonomy, nomenclature, characters, identification principles, classification, taxonomic relationships, taxonomic literature, species biology, collecting and herbarium, floristic studies.
 

Introduces computational techniques to students who are new to programming or do not regularly program using examples from plant science. In doing so, the course introduces basic simulation techniques and imaging techniques that can be specialized and further developed in higher level graduate…

Variation and evolution in plants, genotypic and phenotypic patterns, genetic diversity, adaptation, breeding systems, polyploidy, hybridization, apomixis, empirical data in population genetics and evolution, literature, experimental design, population sampling, variation analysis, breeding…

Patterns and processes in the origin, maintenance, and loss of the high biological diversity in the tropics, emphasizing particular communities and ecosystems, including tropical rainforest, tropical savannas, tropical islands, and coral reefs.
 

Genetic mechanisms and basic biological processes of host plant resistance in crop plants. The course will also cover the structure, function and evolution of disease resistant loci, long-term goals of agriculture for improvement of disease resistance, and purposed methods for crop protection…

Designed to teach students how to communicate their science to the public. Being able to effectively describe one's own research and other important new research findings to a broad audience is a key skill for scientists. Students will practice difference techniques to communicate the relevance…

Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members.

Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study.

Classroom teaching experience in undergraduate courses under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

Graduate students will instruct undergraduates in laboratory or field techniques, help them evaluate and interpret data, and help them prepare results for publication or public presentation. Graduate students will serve an important role in teaching undergraduates modern methods in biological…

Graduate student initiated special projects in teaching methods in plant biology and biology.

Designed for graduate students and post-docs interested in learning how to teach biology effectively in their own courses rather than as teaching assistants.

The course consists of two modules. The first module (required only for incoming plant biology students) provides an overview of the breadth of current research in plant biology. The second module teaches a set of skills to graduate students and post- doctoral researchers that are key to being…

Faculty-directed, laboratory, or literature research of a botanical problem. Not for thesis or dissertation research.

Principles and experimental methods in plant genetics, gene expression, and gene evolution. Topics are interrelated with those of Plant Cellular Biology and Plant Development.

Pollination ecology, breeding systems, patterns of gene flow via pollen and seed dispersal, flower arrangement and phenology, and implications of reproductive biology for demography. Group and individual laboratory projects.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Pollination ecology, breeding systems, patterns of gene flow via pollen and seed dispersal, flower arrangement and phenology, and implications of reproductive biology for demography. Group and individual laboratory projects.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Macroecology is a rapidly emerging field focused on understanding ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes on large spatial and temporal scales. Macroecology lies at the interface of ecology, conservation biology, biogeography, phylogeography, and paleobiology. The course format is a…

Principles of ecology, elemental cycling, hydrology, policy and management of marine and freshwater wetlands.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year

Techniques for the study of marine and freshwater wetlands. Optional weekend field trips will explore distant wetland sites.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.

Seminar on current research topics in orchid biology and evolution.

The fundamentals of research grant proposal writing through preparation of a dissertation proposal; provides insight into the submission and review process. The course is aimed at second year graduate students conducting research on the ecology and genetics of plants, fungi, and microbes.

Advanced ecological theory to biological populations. Mathematical and evolutionary treatment of population growth and regulation, niche theory, foraging theory, predator-prey theory, habitat selection, and competition.

Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.

Review of some commonly used mathematical approaches to modeling ecological populations, including single species approaches (discrete and continuous time), age/stage structure, species interactions, spatial structure, harvesting, and management.

Offered spring semester every even-…

Review of some commonly used mathematical approaches to modeling ecological populations, including single species approaches (discrete and continuous time), age/stage structure, species interactions, spatial structure, harvesting, and management.

Offered spring semester every even-…

Students will be introduced to a variety of comparative approaches for elucidating the evolution of species, populations, and molecules. Methods for phylogenetic, population genetic, and molecular evolutionary analyses will be covered with examples drawn from the primary literature. Computer…

Students will be introduced to a variety of comparative approaches for elucidating the evolution of species, populations, and molecules. Methods for phylogenetic, population genetic, and molecular evolutionary analyses will be covered with examples drawn from the primary literature. Computer…

The role of fungi in the environment. Topics include fungal populations; biotic interactions with plants, insects, and other fungi; decomposition and nutrient cycling; fungal biomass and productivity; fungi in extreme environments.

Not offered on a regular basis

The dynamics of single- and multi-species populations and communities, emphasizing unique characteristics of plants. It is intended to complement other population-oriented courses. Topics include: population growth; stage-structure; dispersal; competitive interactions; herbivory; mutualisms;…

Seminar on current research topics in plant population biology.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Advanced synthesis of physiological, population, community, and ecosystem studies in the major terrestrial plant associations of the world.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Seminar on current botanical research topics.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Seminar on current botanical research topics.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Seminar on current topics in plant genetics, molecular biology, and related areas.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Participation and review of topics related to seminars delivered by invited guest speakers at departmental seminars. Students are required to attend all department weekly seminars. Each week, students will prepare an overview and summary of the guest speaker's topic for distribution to the rest…

Seminar on current plant ecology and related research topics.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Plant processes which mediate biogeochemical cycling on land. Includes survey of global element cycling, functions of essential elements, element acquisition, translocation and loss by plants, litter decomposition, and methods of estimating standing stocks of elements in and transfer rates of…

Plant processes which mediate biogeochemical cycling on land. Includes survey of global element cycling, functions of essential elements, element acquisition, translocation and loss by plants, litter decomposition, and methods of estimating standing stocks of elements in and transfer rates of…

Seminar on current topics in plant cellular and developmental biology and related areas.

Not offered on a regular basis.

The concepts behind genetic mapping, genome analyses and comparative genomics in plants that help students understand the relationships between genomes at the structural and functional level.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.

The concepts behind genetic mapping, genome analyses and comparative genomics in plants that help students understand the relationships between genomes at the structural and functional level.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.

The principles and procedures underlying the establishment of marker-based linkage maps and their application in the establishment of marker-trait associations.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.

The methods, design, and implementation of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to map genetic loci in crop plants. We will discuss the theory and history of genome-wide association, parameters that affect its power and accuracy, and practical considerations for carrying it out.

Offered…

The methods, design, and implementation of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to map genetic loci in crop plants. We will discuss the theory and history of genome-wide association, parameters that affect its power and accuracy, and practical considerations for carrying it out.

Offered…

Principles of plant reproductive and physiological ecology as they relate to plant ecological and evolutionary success, including pollination ecology, breeding systems, patterns of gene flow via pollen and seed dispersal, flower arrangement and phenology, water relations, photosynthesis, mineral…

Principles of plant reproductive and physiological ecology as they relate to plant ecological and evolutionary success, including pollination ecology, breeding systems, patterns of gene flow via pollen and seed dispersal, flower arrangement and phenology, water relations, photosynthesis, mineral…

Classical genetics and molecular biology of budding yeast, fission yeast, and model filamentous fungi. Includes life cycle, cell cycle, cytoskeleton, mating types, morphogenesis, pathogenesis, mutant screens, and cloning strategies.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.

Subjects of current interest in plant research. Current literature and modern analysis of research results. Course is designed to meet the specific research needs of the student.

Not offered on a regular basis.

Discussion of selected topics in plant biology.

Not offered on a regular basis.

 

Research while enrolled for a doctoral degree under the direction of faculty members.

Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study.

Dissertation writing under the direction of the major professor.

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