Warren G. Gold
Examines plants of the Pacific Northwest commonly used in ecological restoration and habitat conservation. Topics include the ecology, propagation, distribution, restoration use, ethnobotany, and habitat values of major species. Includes required field trips and field study. Recommended: BES 180; BES 312; BES 362.
This course is designed to introduce students to native plants commonly used in ecological restoration and habitat conservation. We will examine the ecology, propagation, distribution, restoration use, ethnobotany, and habitat values of major species in western Washington. Non-native invasive species will also be covered, especially with respect to their interaction with native species in restoration and conservation contexts. Students will learn field identifcation of major species and collection techniques.
Student learning goals
Students will learn to recognize selected native plant species in Western Washington and their importance in ecological restoration and conservation.
Students will learn to associate environmental and landscape factors with major plant species and plant communities.
Students will be able to recognize selected non-native, invasive plant species and understand how they interact with the native flora and how such non-native species are dealt with in restoration and conservation projects.
General method of instruction
Classroom lectures, local field trips (some required, some optional). Students should be prepared to learn in outdoor settings, possibly in a variety of weather conditions. Field excursions will include some moderate walking, both on and off of established trails.
This course can be taken by those with an interest in learning the local flora and its ecological applications. Prior background in introductory college-level biology is recommended (BES 180 or equivalent). Background in basic ecology (e.g., BES 312) and principles of ecological restoration (e.g., BES 362) is also recommended but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Field notebook; a notebook of your personal flora collection and description created throughout the quarter or a web-based set of species profiles, and possibly student team-led field trips. There may be some reading summaries assigned as well.
Grades will be based upon the above assignments as well as 1-2 exams and a final field/lab practicum that will focus on identification and ecological knowledge of selected species.