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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. Please note that this class is not being recorded due to the inclusion of copyrighted materials by other scientists.

Contact Hours: 18

Register Member $220

Register Non-Member $246

Monday, June 6, 2022 - Wednesday, June 8, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Details

Intermediate Botany

This is a live, online course including 2 lectures and one on site field practicum, with additional self-directed activities assigned. Attendees should be prepared for some assignments requiring field work. There will be a quiz to provide proof of competency. Pre-requisite: Beginning Botany or equivalent.

GES: HL, 18, elective*

This class takes place over 3 weekdays:

  • June 6 – online
  • June 7 – online
  • June 8 – in-person at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

*This course provides 18 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.