New (old) course: Botanical Diversity BIOL 110 Fall, 2014

What: “Bot Div” will provide an introduction to the plants and macroalgae of New England, including systematics and natural history. The course will focus on the Hadwen Arboretum, which is just a few blocks from the Clark main campus. The Arboretum was donated to Clark by Obadiah Hadwen (1824-1907) and presents a mix of native and exotic plants, including invasive species. Bot Div students will create a series of “plant portraits” that will contribute to a web-based virtual flora of the Hadwen Arboretum. The class will also include joint workshops with Prof. Elli Crocker and students in ARTS 128 “Drawing: Sense of Place”. For Biology students, the workshops will develop observational and rendering skills; for Art students the workshops will raise awareness about plant structure and botanical illustration. Products of the workshops will be included in the web-based virtual flora and a student gallery exhibition.

When: Mon/Thurs 1:25-2:40 and Thurs 2:50-5:50; with additional weekend field trips.

Prerequisites: Introductory Biology 101/103 and 102.

Here are some of the plants that can be found in the Hadwen Arborteum:

Magnolia acuminata, the "cucumber tree"

Magnolia acuminata, the “cucumber tree”

Sciadopitys verticillata, the Japanese "umbrella pine"

Sciadopitys verticillata, the Japanese “umbrella pine”

Fallopia japonica, "Japanese knotweed", an aggressive invasive plant

Fallopia japonica, “Japanese knotweed”, an aggressive invasive plant

Maianthemum racemosum, false Solomon's seal (native)

Maianthemum racemosum, false Solomon’s seal (native)