LRES 540 The Ecology of Plants and Plant Communities
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.