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Ferry slik

Plant geography and Conservation lab

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SB-1202 Organisms & Environment

The course will provide a foundation in ecological principles, ecosystem functioning and a broad overview of natural environments on Earth. Development of an understanding of biotic and abiotic factors and interactions that influence the distribution of plants and animals geographically and temporally. Students will be exposed to the major tropical habitat types of Brunei/Borneo and to current issues relating to human impact on the global environment, including a particular focus on the major environmental problems facing Southeast Asia today.

 

SB-2201 Plant Form and Function (Course coordinator)

This course will provide students with an understanding of basic plant morphology, particularly in relation to the functioning of the plant body. Students will relate the internal structure of plants to their external morphology and the functions of the different plant organs.  Students will also obtain an understanding of the relationships within the plant kingdom through a study of the basic groups of plants and their evolutionary history.

 

SB-2401 Plants and People (Course coordinator)

The course will provide insight into the diverse plant kingdom, the adaptations of the plants to their environment and how people interact with the natural plant world. In addition the course will examine how humans rely on plants for their well being.  The rationale of the course is to provide students with in-depth knowledge and allow them to identify and explain how the plant kingdom contributes to many plant products that have shaped our society.

 

SB-4201 Population Genetics and Systematics (Course coordinator)

This course will provide an introduction to population genetics and explain the importance of the field to modern ecological and evolutionary studies. Students will appreciate the dynamism of evolutionary studies through a consideration of the concept of the species, and problems associated with the study of taxonomy and systematics.  The history of life on Earth will be explored through phylogenetic analysis and an examination of relationships among living organisms and the fossil record.

 

SB-4310 Seed Plant Taxonomy and Diversity (Course coordinator)

This is the long version of the tropical botany course mentioned below and only available for UBD students. In this course we will learn to describe plants, place them in a classification and learn some important plant families following the APG system.

 

SB-4316 Economic Botany (Course coordinator)

The course will provide insight into the diverse plant kingdom, the adaptations of the plants to their environment and how people interact with the natural plant world. In addition the course will examine how humans rely on plants for their well being.  The rationale of the course is to provide students with in-depth knowledge and allow them to identify and explain how the plant kingdom contributes to many plant products that have shaped our society.

 

Tropical Botany Course (Open for anyone interested, wait for announcements)

This course will arm students with an ability to identify plants in the field, thereby enhancing the quality of observations they may make in the course of their research. It is a course for non-plant taxonomy majors. Everyday we will collect plant material from the field and learn the field characters for identifying them. We will be dealing mainly with sterile material and sterile characters. This is deliberate since this is how plants are most often encountered. In the afternoons, we will review the day’s collecting, look at herbarium material, and arrange our observations within a systematic framework.