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This course provides 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 are 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.

Contact Hours: 21

Register Member $220

Register Non-Member $246

Monday, June 14, 2021 - Wednesday, June 16, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Details

Intermediate Botany

This is a live, online course conducted via Zoom including lecture, lab, and self-directed field practicum. Attendees should be prepared for some assignments requiring field work. There will be a quiz to provide proof of competency.

GES: HL, 21, elective*

This class takes place over 3 weekdays:

  • June 14
  • June 15
  • June 16

*This course provides 21 hours of elective credit for the Gardening and Garden Design Certificate.  Non-certificate students welcome.

About 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.