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Biol 760 - Plant Population Biology

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Plant Population Biology Dr Michele Dudash 3 credits 3202 Biology Psychology Tel 405 1642 Email mdudash umd edu BIOL 760 Fall 2009 Room 2249 BPS Wed 12 3 Text Introduction to Plant Population Biology fourth edition by Silvertown and Charlesworth Recent articles from the primary literature will be assigned weekly with an emphasis on both basic and applied research The class format is lecture and discussion of the primary literature each week We will also be investigating how sustainability is being incorporated into conservation and restoration decisions where preserving biodiversity is a major goal Date Sept 2 Topic Introduction to course Text Readings Sept 9 Evolution of mixed mating systems overview Chap 1 9 Sept 16 Evolution of mating and breeding systems Herkogamy dichogamy Chap 2 9 Sept 23 Evolution of mating and breeding systems Evolution of selfing Chap 2 9 Sept 30 Evolution of mating and breeding systems Self incompatability dioecy Chap 2 9 Oct 7 Population demographic models Life history strategies Chap 5 6 10 Oct 14 Population demographic models Matrix approaches Chap 5 6 10 Oct 21 Population demographic models Elasticity analyses Chap 5 6 10 Oct 28 Meta analysis and meta populations Chap 7 Nov 4 Polyploidy and Apomixis Nov 11 Measurement of Natural Selection Nov 18 Path Analysis Nov 25 Thanksgiving Dec 2 Interspecific interactions Dec 9 Student Presentation 12 min plus time for questions with POWER POINT Dec 16 Final Projects DUE Chap 3 4 8 Chap 8 1 Plant Population Biology BIOL 760 FINAL ASSIGNMENT Write a 1 research proposal max 8 pages following the model of a NSF doctoral dissertation improvement grant on your own research topic or on a topic of interest to you at this time or 2 manuscript draft from your research or 3 collate an extensive literature review minimum of 20 papers A section 500 1000 words on some appropriate aspect of sustainability must be included in this assignment Final Projects Must be discussed and approved by M Dudash no later



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