Plants have many amazing abilities: They make their own food, pull water hundreds of feet in the air against gravity, and trick insects and other animals into helping them reproduce. They track the sun, recoil at a touch, and warn other plants of danger. In this class we will explore all these phenomena and more as we look at the basics of plant structure, function, evolution, classification, and ecology. The class is a Zoom-based lecture format. Discussion questions and practical exercises will be provided to reinforce the lecture material, including making observations in your own yard or neighborhood.
Eight sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 6 – 29; 1 – 2:30 p.m.