Office: G-56 Spaulding Hall
Lab: Herbarium, G-69 Spaulding Hall
This course is intended to be strongly field-oriented. Hands-on experience is vital. Field trips to various aquatic habitats will be conductedplant materials will be collected and identified in the field and through keying in the lab upon return.
We will be out in the field as much as possible until a killing frost eliminates field work. Then herbarium specimens will be used, studying aquatic plants in systematic groupings.
Due: November 9, 1998
Scientific name (binomial and author)
Locality (State, county, town, specific site)
Relative abundance (abundant, frequent, common, infrequent, rare)
Collector and collection number (e.g. Garrett E. Crow 9253)
(Monocots, Dicots), then alphabetically by family, genus, species
Supplies needed for field work
Term Paper and Oral Report
Each student will be required to prepare a term paper (10-12 pp.) on a topic relating to some aspect of aquatic plants. Oral reports will be presented during the last three weeks on the topic of the term paper. Presentations should be about 30 minutes long. Topics must be approved. A schedule for presentations will be established by November 2.
Due: December 16
Lecture exam: December 2
Weekly field quizzes
Field exam: October 7
Lab exam: November 11
Lab final: December 9
Grades: A = 92-100 B = 82-91 C = 70-81 D = 60-69 F = 0-59
Suggested Topics for Term Papers:
Ecological adaptations to the aquatic environment.
Physiological adaptations to the aquatic environment.
Aquatic plant communities.
Seasonal factors affecting growth and senescence of aquatic plants.
Dispersal and geographic distributions in aquatic plants.
Reproductive biology of aquatic plants: sexual and vegetative.
Aquatic plants as food for wildfowl.
Economic uses of aquatic plants.
Aquatic weedsproblems and control.
Any subject dealing with aquatics is appropriate.