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Dates: May 20 - June 14, 2019; Full title: Plants on the Move: The Problem with Introduced Plant Species; This course will fulfill the Sustainability requirement.
The course covers topics in basic plant biology such as plant life history and growth, taxonomy and ecology but will use plant invasions as a tool to study basic plant biology. We cover several topics that directly relate to the theme of sustainability including the role of current trade practices on the spread of invasive plants, how climate change may make the world more weedy and the role that human movement and immigration has had and will continue to have on invasive plant species. We will also study several of the worst invasive species in Vermont and the world. The course will include topics on how human behavior can both promote and stop the spread of invasive species and also how cultural biases may affect what species are considered invasive.
This is a project and writing based class. There are six major assignments. 1. Invasive Plant Identification from online databases 2. Invasive Plant Identification in your area. 3. Ecosystem Assessment. 4. Risk Assessment 5. OpEd newspaper article and 6. Participating in online discussions throughout the course.
The course is broken up into individual modules. There are four modules in the course. Each module in the course will be worth 25% of your grade. Within each module you will have one major assignment that will take most of your time and a few smaller written assignments based on the assigned reading and an online video
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