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Join Dr. Douglas DeBerry for an in-depth overview of the tools and techniques used by botanists to identify plants to the species level, with a strong emphasis on family characteristics. Attendees will be exposed to concepts in plant classification, nomenclature, habitat, distribution, and of course, vegetative and reproductive characteristics—all of which can be used to help identify plants to the species level. Emphasis is on native or naturalized species in Virginia and the use of dichotomous keys in technical plant manuals and regional floras. An important focus of the course will be on empowering attendees to “dismantle” the seemingly endless complex of scientific terminology surrounding plant identification. This course will include a mix of time for lectures, labs, and field practicums. Attendees should be prepared for some fieldwork homework assignments.

Fees: Member: $220, Non-Member: $264

All programs are subject to change. Pre-registration through our website is required.

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Register Member $220

Register Non-Member $264

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - Friday, May 24, 2024
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Details

Pre-requisite: Beginning Botany or equivalent.

This course takes place over 3 weekdays from 9 am – 5 pm:

  • Wednesday, May 22
  • Thursday, May 23
  • Friday, May 24

Lunch will be on your own each day.

Doug DeBerryAbout the Instructor

Dr. Douglas A. DeBerry, Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the College of William and Mary, and contributing author on the Flora of Virginia.