Plant Ecology

Plant Ecology
Fundamental principles governing interactions among plants and their environments with respect to their success. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to land management, conservation and agriculture.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesBIO 230
 RecommendedBio 350.
 ProgramsContaining BIO 455
Course Outcomes

Physiological Ecology of Plants

Students will demonstrate mastery of topics including plant water relations, photosynthesis, energy balance, nutrient uptake strategies, cold tolerance, ecotypic differentiation as they relate to important processes including seed germination, competition, allelopathy, herbivory, symbioses, etc.

Population biology of plants

Students will apply principles of self-thinning, reproduction, female investment, intraspecific competition to explain population regulation in plants.

Community ecology

Students will apply principles of symbiotic nutrient uptake strategies, other symbioses, pollination, inter-specific competition, herbivory, succession to describe community assembly and regulation in plant communities.

Global change biology

Students will apply principles of physics and chemistry to explain the underylying theory of climate change. They will also describe the interactions between plant ecology and climate change.

Agricultural ecology

Students will apply principles of nutrient fluxes, carbon cycling, and energy use to illustrate the ecology of food production.