Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Anthony Slominski
This course will explore plant ecology at the individual, population and community
levels. This will include topics such as plant response to stress, population biology,
and community assembly. Quantitative measures for assessing populations and communities
will be addressed. Other topics including non-native species and restoration will
be covered based on student background and interest. The overall goal of this course
is to provide students a strong working knowledge of plant ecology and also a theoretical
knowledge that will increase their abilities to address a variety of issues that they
will encounter in their careers. Additionally, students will learn the skills that
allow them to design and conduct experiments in plant communities and to analyze the
results. Finally, critical thinking will be fostered such that students are better
able to interpret information presented in the popular press as well as in trade journals.
Meeting Place and Times
Participants login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It
is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend at least 8 - 10 hours
per week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course
related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate
Dr. Anthony Slominski researches the effects of environmental change on plant and
bee health, as well as plant-bee interactions. He is currently investigating the
effects of insecticides on wild bee species.
Ph.D. 2018, Ecology, Montana State University
B.S. Ecology, Western State Colorado University, 2009
B.S. Environmental Sciences, Western State Colorado University, 2009
General biology, general ecology, general statistics, college mathematics
Working professionals who want to increase their knowledge in the topic. Students
in the MS in Land Resources Environmental Sciences - online degree program.
8-10 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method
of delivery, you may require more time.
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.
- The Ecology of Plants
Author(s): Jessica Gurevitch, Samuel M. Scheiner & Gordon A. Fox
Publisher: Sinauer Associates; 3rd edition (July 24, 2020)
Price: approximately $133 (new) plus shipping and handling
Misc. info: 2nd edition (2006) book can also be used. Approximately $65 (used)
This book can be purchased or rented with various online retailers
- 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
For More Information
For course information: Please contact Marni Rolston at email@example.com
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
Registration requires a PIN number. Learn how to find your PIN.
Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.