Winter Quarter 2016   Bio 135L  Plant Physiology, Structure and Function   

This course explores the evolutionary, structural, and biochemical aspects of plant physiology.  The lab component will provide students with hands-on experience using research-grade instruments and an in-depth understanding of plant structure.  An independent project unifies the lab and lecture components, and offers the opportunity to answer unique questions about plant function. Current scientific literature, guest lectures and short films round out the curriculum.

Text:  Taiz and Zeiger, Plant Physiology, 6th ed.

 

Plants and Society 2016, co-taught with Dr. Ingrid Parker (on sabbatical in 2016) 

This upper-division class explores how plants are used for food, medicine, material and shelter in human societies. We will examine how plant biochemistry and morphology shaped human health, culture and the global environment, reflecting on role of plants in human history but also considering future challenges such as food security, ecosystem services and biodiversity.   

 

Bio 183W Independent Study

This is a quarter-long class in which students gain practical lab experience and concurrently participate in a weekly meeting that explores effective scientific communication skills.

 

Bio 293 Readings in Comparative Plant and Animal Physiology

Weekly readings and discussions of recent research papers in ecology, evolution, and related topics from organismal biology.

 

Bio 20B  Organismal Physiology and Development 

This introductory biology class emphasizes plant and animal physiology at the tissue and organismal level.  It is currently taught by Dr. Robin Dunkin.

After receiving his degree from Harvard, Jim became one with a tree.