Plant Evolution and Systematics

Description: Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours; field trip. Requisites: Life Sciences 1 and 4, or 7A and 7B. Introduction to green plant tree of life, with emphasis on using phylogenetic perspective to examine major transitions in plant evolution, including evolution and diversification of land plants, vascular plants, seed plants, and currently ecologically dominant flowering plants. Introduction to phylogenetics, providing overview of theory and methodology to reconstruct and use phylogenetic trees to study organismal evolution. Exploration of 700 million years of plant evolution, with emphasis on morphological, functional, ecological, and biogeographical perspectives. Letter grading.

Units: 5.0
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