ENV 654a () / 2023-2024

Structure, Function, and Development of Trees

Credits: 3
Fall 2023: Tu,Th, 4:00-6:50, Marsh Classroom


This course focuses on two aspects of plant life: (1) basic processes that drive plant development, such as seed formation, germination, seedling establishment, maturation, and senescence; and (2) basic structure and function of plants (such as root systems, leaf formation and development, height, and diameter growth). Differences between different groups of seed plants are analyzed from structural, functional, ecological, and evolutionary standpoints. Special attention is given to woody plants and their importance in the biosphere and human life. Coverage includes tropical, temperate, and boreal trees. Plant biology is discussed in the context of physiological and structural adaptations in terms of strength, storage, and water and solute transport.

Prerequisite: general biology or botany or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.