ENVS 474: Plants of Ontario, Spring 2016

Course offering for Spring 2016

Course components include a 1 hour lecture (Wednesday 10:30 - 11:20) & 4 hour field trip/lab (Thursday 8:30 - 12:20) each week.

Field Trip Fee: $50

Course Description:

Students will become familiar with common vegetation and associated communities in Southern Ontario. Emphasis will be on developing identification skills and becoming proficient in plant taxonomy and terminology. Course includes frequent field trips to assess vegetation in various communities (eg. forest, wetland, prairie). In-lab sessions will encompass pressing collected specimens and further analysis. Topics will include but not limited to ecosystems classification, monitoring and inventory techniques, and measuring biodiversity. 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify Southern Ontario plants using keys and other botanical resources
  • Become familiar with common plants of Southern Ontario
  • Learn plant families
  • Explore issues affecting plant communities such as species at risk, invasives, human impacts
  • Develop proficiency in mounting plant samples
  • Develop proficiency in field documentation and techniques
  • Distinguish between different plant communities
  • Synthesize field info into presentations and reports

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Visit us:
Environment 1 (EV1), room 135

Email us:
env.ecology@uwaterloo.ca

Call us:
519-888-4567, ext. 32646

Hours:
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday