Prereq.: Two college-level courses in biology or Biology 171 and one other natural science course, previous experience with plant taxonomy/identification, or permission of instructor.
This course offers a comprehensive field approach to vascular plants of the region, including characteristic species of terrestrial and wetland habitats as well as species known for their rarity or distinctive distribution patterns. Topics covered include the major plant families of the Great Lakes area, basic terminology and techniques useful in plant identification, the general phytogeography and ecology of the region especially as these relate to recent geological history of the landscape, and field recognition of over 300 selected species. Prior familiarity with at least some families and species will be extremely helpful.
For 2015, two leading field botanists are co-teaching this class:
Dr. Charles Davis is Curator of Vascular Plants in the Harvard University Herbaria and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. He is a world expert on the parasitic (and remarkably bloomed) plant family Rafflesiaceae. Davis is an alumnus of the Biological Station where he taught under and alongside legendary botanist Edward G. Voss. Davis has co-taught Field Botany at UMBS intermittently since 2004.
Dr. Anton Reznicek is Curator of Vascular Plants at the University of Michigan Herbarium and a Research Scientist at the University of Michigan. He is an internationally recognized expert on sedges, especially the genus Carex. He also studies plant migration and colonization of the Great Lakes region. Reznicek is co-author, along with Edward G. Voss, of the Field Manual of Michigan Flora (University of Michigan Press, 2012).