Plant Biology (PBIO)

Courses

PBIO 209. Biology of Ferns. 3 Credits.

Evolutionary biology; a survey of New England ferns and discussion of their phylogenic relationships; current research emphasizing morphological, biogeographical, genetic, and phytochemical aspects of speciation. Prerequisite: PBIO 108 or PBIO 109 (BCOR 101 recommended). Alternate years.

PBIO 223. Fundamentals of Field Science. 3 Credits.

Pattern and process in natural systems. Weekly discussion of unifying questions in science. Field labs teach sampling and analysis of vegetation, soils, and animals. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or several university courses in earth sciences, life sciences, and chemistry.

PBIO 232. Plant Systematics in CostaRica. 2 Credits.

Intensive field trip to Costa Rica with the goal of comparing the diversity of flowering plants and ferns in four distinct tropical American forests. Emphasis on field recognition of flowering-plant families, with an appreciation of the relationship between the Costa Rican people and their landscape. Prerequisites: PBIO 109; Instructor permission.

PBIO 241. Tropical Plant Systematics. 3 Credits.

Principles and methods of angiosperm phylogeny. Recent systematic and evolutionary research on flowering plants; survey of tropical flowering plant families. Student presentations on recent research. Prerequisite: PBIO 109. Alternate years.

PBIO 261. Plant Growth & Development. 3 Credits.

Concepts in plant structure and development. Biophysics of plant structure and pattern-formation. Introduction to methods of plant microscopy and microtechnique. Prerequisites: PBIO 104, PBIO 108, introductory Physics, or Instructor permission.

PBIO 275. Global Change Ecology. 3 Credits.

Survey of global climate change including its causes, mechanisms, and ecological and societal impacts. Prerequisite: BCOR 102 or Instructor permission.

PBIO 281. Botany Seminar. 0 Credits.

Presentations of personal research by faculty, graduate students, and outside guest speakers. Attendance required of plant biology Graduate students and Seniors in botanical research programs. Without credit.

PBIO 282. Botany Seminar. 0 Credits.

Presentations of personal research by faculty, graduate students, and outside guest speakers. Attendance required of plant biology Graduate students and Seniors in botanical research programs. Without credit.

PBIO 288. The Evolution of Development. 3 Credits.

Highlights how the integration of key concepts from developmental biology has contributed to our understanding of the proximate causes of plant and animal diversification. Prerequisite: BCOR 102 or equivalent, BCOR 101 or equivalent.

PBIO 294. QR:Ecological Modeling. 3 Credits.

Provides an introduction to process-based modeling of ecological systems. Explores system dynamics and agent-based approaches to modeling ecological systems and processes. Includes a focus on the system dynamics modeling software Stella and the agent-based language Netlogo. Prerequisite: BCOR 102 or Instructor permission.

PBIO 311. Field Naturalist Practicum. 0-3 Credits.

Landscape analysis; planning and designing field projects; integrated problem solving. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Field Naturalist program. Variable hours up to three.

PBIO 333. Professional Writing Essential. 1 Credit.

Basics of good writing, essay and report writing, as published in both popular and professional journals in the environment and natural resources. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Cross-listed with: NR 333.

PBIO 334. Professional Writing AdvTopics. 1 Credit.

Writing workshop that explores essay and report writing, as published in both popular and professional journals that examine the natural world and its resources. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Cross-listed with: NR 334.

PBIO 369. Field Botany for NR Profession. 3 Credits.

Identification of flowering plants and ferns; survey of prominent Vermont plant families; natural communities, ecological determinants of plant distribution, especially soils; preparation of herbarium specimens. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing; Instructor Permission.

PBIO 391. Master's Thesis Research. 1-10 Credits.

Credit as arranged.

PBIO 392. Master's Project Research. 0-3 Credits.

Credit as arranged.

PBIO 394. Data Modeling for Envir Scienc. 3 Credits.

Introduction to data modeling using R statistical computing language, emphasizing likelihood, information theoretic, and Bayesian approaches to inference. Course focuses on the R language as a tool for data modeling. Class time divided between lectures that introduce statistical concepts and R language constructs and labs that stress applications. Successful participants will have some statistical background. Prerequisite: A course in introductory statistics.

PBIO 395. Graduate Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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PBIO 491. Doctoral Dissertation Research. 1-15 Credits.

Credit as arranged.

PBIO 495. Doctoral Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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