Summer; June 26 - August 4, 2023
Credit: 3 graduate 
Instructor: John Townsend-Mehler

Course Description

How organismal interactions are shaped through plant secondary metabolites--emphasizing the impacts on ecosystems across multiple scales and in response to a rapidly changing climate. This course combines lectures with student led discussions on contemporary issues and developments in the field and is also designed to improve critical readings of the primary literature and effective communication in science. Cross-listed with ENSC 466.

Meeting Place and Times



Dr. John Townsend-Mehler


Graduate standing in LRES Graduate program or permission of instructor.

Tuition and Fees

See the Online Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid page.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • The Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites From Genes to Global Processes                                            Authors:  Glenn Iason, Marcel  Dickey, Susan Hartley                                                                                                        Publisher:  Cambridge University Press,  Cambridge, UK                                                                                                 

    ISBN-13: 978-0521193269
    ISBN-10: 0521193265                                                                                                                                                            Price:  new $140 hardcover; $56 paperback                                                                                                                        This book can be purchased from various online retailers

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Please contact Marni Rolston 406-994-2029

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

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Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.