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BIOL 461  Agrostology. Principals of phylogeny, classification, nomenclature, and evolution; demonstrations, field study and laboratory practice in collecting and identifying grasses. Three credits (includes lab). Spring semester, odd years.


The full syllabus for BIOL 461 can be downloaded here.


Instructors:           Justin Ramsey, Jonas Science 168

                               Tara Ramsey, Jonas Science 168

                               Mark Gabel, Jonas Basement 011


Office Hours:     Mondays 5-6PM, Tuesdays 5-6PM, Wednesdays 4-5PM, Thursdays 5-6PM

                               (or by appointment)


Meeting Times:       There are two multi-hour sessions that meet each week of the semester:

                                 Mondays,  2:00–4:50 pm,  Jonas Science 143

                                 Wednesdays, 2:00–3:50 pm,  Jonas Science 143



Schedule for Lectures, Labs, & Field Sessions


Week 01         ---        Monday:   monocots, grass family; vegetative parts

(Jan. 9 & 11)                Wednesday:   vegetative parts, inflorescence types


Week 02         ---        Monday:    Martin Luther King Day

(Jan. 16 & 18)               Wednesday:   grass spikelets


Week 03         ---        Monday:   grass spikelets, fruits

(Jan. 23 & 25)             Wednesday:   other terminology; references, keying


Week 04         ---        Monday:   Quiz 1; stems & roots; keying

(Jan. 30 & Feb. 1)        Wednesday:   grass family; keying


Week 05         ---        Monday:   Exam 1; epidermes

(Feb. 6 & 8)                 Wednesday:  keying


Week 06         ---        Monday:   species boundaries, nomenclature; keying

(Feb. 13 & 15)              Wednesday:   history; keying


Week 07         ---        Monday:   President’s Day

(Feb. 20 & 22)             Wednesday: reproductive systems


Week 08         ---        Monday:   reproductive systems; keying

(Feb. 27 & Mar. 1)        Wednesday:   Quiz 2; mutation, polyploidy


Week 09         ---        Monday:   Spring Break

(Mar. 6 & 8)                 Wednesday:   Spring Break


Week 10      ---        Monday:   subfamilies

(Mar. 13 & 15)              Wednesday:   subfamilies, species identification


Week 11      ---        Monday:   subfamilies, identification

(Mar. 20 & 22)             Wednesday:   tribes, identification


Week 12         ---        Monday:   Quiz 3; grass phylogeny

(Mar. 27 & 29)             Wednesday:   grass phylogeny


Week 13         ---      Monday:   keying, identification

(Apr. 3 & 5)                 Wednesday:    grassland ecology (field session)


Week 14         ---        Monday:   Exam 2

(Apr. 10 & 12)              Wednesday:   grassland ecology


Week 15         ---        Monday:   grassland ecology (field session)

(Apr. 17 & 19)              Wednesday:   grass fossils & evolution


Week 16         ---       Monday:   grassland ecology (field session)

(Apr. 24 & 26)             Wednesday:   Final Lab Quiz


Week 17         ---       Wednesday:  Exam No. 3

(May 3)

                      


Assorted Course Materials (PDF format):


Pohl’s ‘What Do Grasses Look Like?‘        PDF


Terminology (Lectures 1-4)          PDF

Terminology (Exam 1)                   PDF


Lecture notes (#1, 9 January 2017)            PDF

Lecture notes (#3, 18 January 2017)          PDF


Stem anatomy image #1 (Fig. 16.22)           JPG

Stem anatomy image #2 (Fig. 16.5)            JPG

Epidermal cells montage                             JPG


PowerPoint, Grass subfamilies I               PDF

PowerPoint, Grass subfamilies II             PDF

PowerPoint, Grass subfamilies III           PDF

PowerPoint, Major subfamily traits          PDF

Summary table, Subfamily trait               PDF


PowerPoint, Polyploidy in grasses       PDF

PowerPoint, Allopolyploid grasses      PDF

PowerPoint, Diversity of Monocots    PDF


Study Guide (Exam 2)                PDF


Grass Ecology & Systematics Assignment           PDF

Robel Pole Assignment                                        PDF           EXCEL data file



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