Classes

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Undergraduate classes:

Tentative scheduling of Botany undergraduate classes for academic years 2015 – 2017 is available here Botany teaching schedule 2015 – 2017.

  • Overview of issues in ecology of tropical ecosystems, emphasizing Hawaiian examples. Topics include alien species impacts, biodiversity and its value, ecosystem services. Assigned readings from current journals; oral presentations to be given by students.

    • 1 credit
    • Co-requisite: BIOL 171/171L OR BOT 101/101L
    • Instructor: Barton
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • BOT101Growth, functions, and evolution of plants; their relations to the environment and particularly to humans and human activities. (Cross-listed as BIOL 102)

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Cross-listed BIOL 102
    • Instructor: Drake, Keeley
    • Semesters offered: Spring, Summer
    • Syllabus
  • BOT101Lab observations and experiments illustrating basic principles of plant biology.

    • 1 credit
    • DY
    • Cross-listed as BIOL 102L
    • Prerequisite: BOT 101 (or concurrent)
    • Instructor: Drake, Keeley
    • Semesters offered: Spring, Summer
    • Syllabus
  • UHM_EB_logoPlants and their influence on global culture and history including: plant domestication and agriculture; plant biogeography and human migration; plant use in religious, medical and shamanic traditions; cultural aspects of plant conservation.

    • 3 credits
    • FG-C Focus
    • Co-requisite: BOT 105L
    • Instructors: Amend, Chock (Honors Section and Summer)
    • Semesters offered: Summer, Fall; (Botany 105A, Honors Section, Fall and Spring)
  • BOT110A lecture course exploring the range of Earth’s biodiversity, the evolutionary processes that generate it, the ecological roles it plays, the consequences of its loss, and the processes by which it can be conserved.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Instructor: Drake
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Impact of fungi in nature and on humankind. Selected historical events in which fungi played a significant role, their activities as decomposers and pathogens, and their uses as sources for mind altering drugs in religious ceremonies and in food and beverage production in various societies.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Instructor: Wong
    • Semesters offered: Fall (every other year)
  • Non-technical course emphasizing recognition of the many interesting tropical plants seen on campus; origin, status in Hawai‘i, and cultural and economic uses of campus plants.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies (note: is not currently a regular offering)
  • liagoroidfCombined lecture-lab course to introduce common marine plants in Hawaiian coastal areas via discussion of morphology, growth, ecological functions, and native/alien status. Field trips to observe plants in local habitats.

    • 4 credits
    • DB
    • Instructor: Smith
    • Semesters offered: varies (note: is not currently a regular offering)
  • Presentations by faculty highlighting their research in tropical ecosystems, emphasizing Hawaiian examples. Topics include alien species impacts, biodiversity and its value; ecosystem services, ethnobotany, marine ecology, plant-animal interactions and / or systematics of Hawaiian species. Assigned readings and writing exercises from papers selected from current journals.

    • 1 credit
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 171/171L OR BOT 101/101L
    • Instructor: Merlin
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Significance of evolutionary trends in the plant world, including reproductive, morphological, and life history adaptations by algae, fungi, and vascular plants.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisite: BOT 101 or college general biology
    • Co-requisite: BOT 201L
    • Instructors: Sherwood, Wong, Morden
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Lab exercises in the morphology and systematics of land plants, fungi, and algae.

    • 1 credits
    • DY
    • Cross-listed as BIOL 102L
    • Prerequisite: BOT 101/L (or concurrent)
    • Instructors: Sherwood, Wong, Morden
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Lecture with complementary field-based laboratory experience to introduce students to observational and experimental techniques to study plant ecology and diversity in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. A-F only.

    • 3 credits
    • NI, DB
    • Prerequisites: BOT 201/201L, or consent
    • Instructors: Barton, Hynson
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Laboratory to introduce students to observational and experimental techniques to study plant ecology and diversity in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. A-F only.

    • 1 credit
    • NI, DY
    • Prerequisites: BOT 201/201L, or consent
    • Co-requisite: BOT 202
    • Instructors: Barton, Hynson
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Introduction to and discussion of ethical issues associated with biodiversity, ecology, and conservation biology as well as policy and legal approaches. Repeatable one time. A-F only. (Former title: Junior Seminar)

  • Introduction to the concepts and principles of plant conservation biology and to plant conservation-in-practice in Hawai’i and elsewhere. A-F only.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisites: 202/202L, or consent
    • Co-requisite: 301L
    • Instructor: Ticktin, Gaoue
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Introduction to approaches, methods, and analyses used in the study and practice of plant conservation, with an emphasis on experimental design and problem-solving. Includes both laboratory and field components. A-F only.

    • 1 credit
    • DY
    • Prerequisite: 202/202L, or consent
    • Co-requisite: 301
    • Instructor: Ticktin, Gaoue
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Provides three rounds of opportunities for grant writing associated with research in biodiversity, conservation biology, ecology, and plant systematics. Students will gain experience in peer review, grant cycles, and budget preparation. A-F only.

    • 2 credits
    • Prerequisite: BOT 303, BOT 301/L (or concurrent), or consent
    • Instructor: Smith
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Combined lecture-laboratory with intensive field experience for observational and experimental field work in native/impacted Hawaiian ecosystems. Field experience typically held during spring break. Terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitats considered. A-F only.

    • 5 credits
    • NI, DB, DY
    • Prerequisite: BOT 202/202L and consent
    • Instructor: Drake
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Management of native Hawaiian organisms and ecosystems with particular attention to strategies, planning, research, and management actions necessary to control alien influences and promote native species.

    • 3 credits
    • DB, W Focus
    • Pre-requisite: College general biology
    • Instructor: Spalding, Duffy
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Individualized directed research. Intended for upper division botany majors. Repeatable six times.

    • (V) credits
    • DB
    • Pre-requisite: BOT 101/L, BIOL 172/L, or consent
    • Instructor: Consult with faculty member
    • Semesters offered: Consult with faculty member
  • Current research themes in botany presented in discussion format; reading current research papers. Oral presentations of primary research. Repeatable one time. BOT majors only. A-F only.

    • 1 credit
    • Prerequisite: BOT 303, BOT 301/301L, or consent
    • Instructor: Sherwood
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Teaching Internship (TI) allows upper division undergraduates to experience assisting in laboratory courses for BOT 101, 105, 201, 202, 303, or other lab courses in Botany or peer-mentoring for BOT 100, as available. Repeatable one time. BOT majors only.

    • 1 credit
    • Prerequisite: BOT 303, BOT 301/301L, or consent
    • Instructor: Consult with faculty member
    • Semesters offered: Consult with faculty member
  • A lecture with lab course to examine the anatomy, physiology, morphology, and functional ecology of plants. Labs will develop skills in microscopy, experimental techniques for studying plant physiology, and basic functional ecology.

    • 4 credits
    • Prerequisite: BIO 171/171L OR BOT 101/101L, BOT 201/201L, or consent
    • Instructor: Barton
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Morphology, physiology, ecology of fungi; their identification.

    • 2 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisite: BOT 201/L, BIOL 172/L, or consent
    • Instructor: Wong
    • Semesters offered: Fall (every other year)
  • Morphology, physiology, ecology of fungi; their identification.

    • 2 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisite: BOT 201/L, BOT 172/L, or consent
    • Instructor: Wong
    • Semesters offered: Fall (every other year)
  • Advanced studies of plant uses in cultural contexts focusing upon impacts of plant-culture interactions in development of cultures, cultivars, medicinals, ethnoecologies, ethics, and intellectual property.

    • 3 credits
    • DS
    • Prerequisite: BOT 105, BOT 461, and ANTH 200, or consent
    • Instructor: Gaoue
    • Semesters offered: varies
    • Link to Course Website
  • Survey and theory of plants used as medicines, cultural perspectives of herbal medicine, and the botanical/chemical basis of allopathic and naturopathic medicine.

    • 3 credits
    • DS
    • Prerequisite: BOT 105 or consent (Recommended: CHEM 272 or BIOC 341)
    • Instructor: Ticktin
    • Semesters offered: Spring
    • Link to Course Website
  • Ecological implications of cultural uses of plants. Examines the biological basis for, and ecological effects of traditional and local resource management systems.

    • 3 credits
    • DB, W Focus
    • Prerequisite: one of BOT 101, BOT 105, ANTH 200, BIOL 101, GEOG 328; or consent
    • Instructor: Ticktin
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Methods and techniques of handling and identifying plant materials used by early Hawaiians and modern Hawaiians for house and canoe construction, clothing, household and fishing items, medicine, and food preparation. Reading, laboratory, and fieldwork.

    • 3 credits
    • DS
    • Prerequisite: BOT 101 or BOT 105, ANTH 152, 200 or 210, and consent
    • Instructor: Chock, Merlin
    • Semesters offered: varies
    • Link to course website
  • Geography, geology, climatology, biotic environment of Pacific Basin and Hawaiian Islands; endemism and evolution in terrestrial and marine biota of islands.

    • 3 credits
    • DB, H Focus, W Focus(some sections)
    • Cross-listed as ZOOL 450
    • Prerequisite: BOT 201/201L, or consent
    • Instructor: Amend, Daehler
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Covers selected topics in plant population and community ecology. Strong emphasis on how ecology is practiced as a science. Labs take advantage of working outdoors at Lyon Arboretum. (Former Title: Vegetation Ecology)

    • 4 credits
    • DB, DY
    • Prerequisite: BOT 202/L; or consent
    • Instructor: Hynson
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Application of computers to analysis of biological data; preparation and storage, report production, database analysis procedures, univariate and bivariate statistical analyses.

    • 3 credits
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 172/L or consent
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies (note: is not currently a regular offering)
  • Interdependence of plants and animals, emphasizing the influence of animals on plant fitness and evolution. Topics include pollination, fruit/seed dispersal, herbivory and animal-plant mutualisms.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 265/265L or BOT 201/201L
    • Instructor: Daehler
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Hands-on experience with Hawai’i’s unique tropical flora; emphasis on recognition and identification of vascular plant families and the principles and methodologies that define them; evolution of biodiversity.

    • 4 credits
    • DB, DY
    • Prerequisite: BOT 101/L or college general biology
    • Instructor: Keeley
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Major events and principles; includes the blue-green algae and fungi.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisite: BOT 201/L or BIOL 172/L
    • Instructor: Morden
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Principles of algal diversity, structure, and evolution. Identification of common Hawaiian algae.

    • 4 credits
    • DB, DY
    • Prequisite: one of BOT 101/L, BIOL 172/L, MICR 351, ZOOL 101, or consent.
    • Instructors: Smith
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Performance of research project under the direction of a faculty advisor. Preparation of written proposal, final oral presentation to be given to the Botany Department audience and written report required. Preference given to BOT majors. Repeatable up to eight credits. CR/NC only.

    • (V) credits
    • Prerequisite: BOT 303, BOT 301/301L, BOT 302, and consent
    • Instructor: Consult with faculty member
    • Semesters offered: Consult with faculty member

Graduate classes:

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  • Scientific grant writing from inception through management to completion; students will write an NSF DDIG and participate in a panel. Professional skills including “rules,” job applications, interviews, transitioning from graduate student to academic or non-academic job. A-F only.

    • 2 credits
    • Prerequisite: current standing as a graduate student, or consent
    • Instructor: Keeley
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Study and discussion of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, 1st edition 1859, and related current literature.

    • 2 credits
    • Prerequisite: graduate standing in any field and consent
    • Instructor: Ranker
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Study and discussion of various forms of scientific communcation. Repeatable 3 times.

    • 1 credit
    • Prerequisite: graduate standing in biological science or approval
    • Instructor: Sherwood
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Investigation of any botanical problem; reading and laboratory work. Repeatable nine times.

    • (V) credit
    • Prerequisite: consent
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Lectures by distinguished visiting professor on contemporary botanical topics in the lecturer’s area of expertise. No more than 6 credit hours may be counted toward the MS degree requirement. Repeatable five times.

    • 2 credits
    • Prerequisite: graduate standing in biological science or approval
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Modern ethnobotanical field research project design, execution, data analysis, and documentation methods. Intended for students preparing to conduct field research studies. Lecture/discussion, term paper.

    • 3 credits
    • Prerequisite: BOT 105 and one of BOT 201/L, BOT 461, ANTH 200, or BIOL 172/L
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Field techniques for assessing the ecological effects of cultural uses of plants. Emphasis on documenting traditional and local patterns of plant use and measuring the effects on plant individuals, populations, communities, and landscapes.

    • 3 credits
    • Prerequisite: previous course work in anthropology or biology
    • Instructor: Ticktin
    • Semesters offered: TBA
  • Literature reviews of concepts and methods in physiological and vegetation ecology. Repeatable three times.

    • 2 credits
    • Prerequisite: graduate standing in biological science; consent for well-prepared undergraduates
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Theories, models, patterns, and predictive methods relating to the introduction, establishment, and spread of introduced organisms. Application of principles of invasion biology to conservation and natural resource management.

    • 3 credits
    • Prerequisite: one of BOT 453, BOT 456, BOT 482, MICR 485, or ZOOL 439; and BOT 462 or BIOL 375; or consent
    • Instructor: Daehler
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Theory and applications of population biology; behavior of population models, as revealed by analytical methods and computer simulation; application to population problems such as endangered species; discussion of classical and current literature in population biology.

    • 3 credits
    • Prerequisite: an upper-level ecology course and MATH 215 or MATH 241; or consent
    • Cross-listed as ZOOL 652
    • Instructor: Daehler
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • A research-oriented course focusing on recent advances in all areas of plant ecology. Involves critical review of recent literature, independent research project, oral and written presentation of project results. Repeatable 3 times.

    • 2 credits
    • Prerequisite: consent
    • Instructor: Drake
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Identification, systematics, evolution, and biogeography of native plants. Field trips.

    • 3 credits
    • Prerequisite: BOT 461 or consent
    • Instructor: Morden
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Molecular approaches to evolution, phylogenetics, and systematics. Basic use of chloroplast DNA, mitochondrial DNA, nuclear DNA, and electrophoresis. Phylogenetic analysis using parsimony, distance, and comparative methods.

    • 3 credits
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 275/L, BIOL 402, BIOC 441, MBBE 402, or PEPS 402; or consent (Recommended: BOT 201/L)
    • Instructor: Keeley
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Environmental stress; pollution; salinity, geobotany, and other interactions between the environment and plant processes. Current literature emphasized at multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary levels.

    • 2 credits
    • Prerequisite: graduate status in a biological science, geosciences, etc.; consent for well-prepared undergraduates
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Discussion of current literature in physiological ecology, cellular and molecular adaptations to environmental factors by marine plants. Repeatable four times.

    • 2 credits
    • Prerequisite: BOT 480
    • Instructor: Smith
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Morphological, physiological, cellular, and molecular examples of adaptation to marine environments by marine macroalgae, phytoplankton, and seagrasses.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisite: BOT 480
    • Instructor: Smith
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Morphological, physiological, cellular, and molecular examples of adaptation to marine environments by marine macroalgae, phytoplankton, and seagrasses.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisite: BOT 480
    • Instructor: Smith
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Theories and concepts of ecology, evolution, and genetics for conservation of biological diversity. Topics will include restoration ecology, management planning, laws and policies, biological invasions.

    • 3 credits
    • Prerequisite: BOT 453, BOT 462, ZOOL 439, ZOOL 462 or ZOOL 480
    • Cross-listed as ZOOL 690
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Research preliminary to thesis or dissertation research. CR/NC only.

    • (V) credit
    • Prerequisite: consent of graduate committee
    • Instructor: Consult with faculty member
    • Semesters offered: Consult with faculty member
  • Investigation of any botanical problem; reading and laboratory work. Repeatable nine times.

    • (V) credit
    • Prerequisite: candidacy for MS degree and approval of thesis proposal
    • Semesters offered: all
  • Advanced topics in conservation and environmental biology. Repeatable three times. A-F only.

    • (V) credit
    • Prerequisite: consent
    • Cross-listed as ZOOL 750
    • Instructor: Duffy
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Investigation of any botanical problem; reading and laboratory work. Repeatable nine times.

    • (V) credit
    • Prerequisite: candidacy for PhD degree and approval of thesis proposal
    • Semesters offered: all

The following Biology classes are taught or co-taught by Botany faculty:

  • Characteristics of science and interaction with society illustrated by topics in geology, astronomy, oceanography and BIOLogy of Hawaiian Islands. Credit not given for both BIOL 123 and BIOL 101.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Continuation of BIOL 171. Anatomy, physiology, and systematics of plants and animals; behavior; ecosystems; populations and communities.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 171/171L
    • Co-requisite: BIOL 172L
    • Instructor: Daehler, Wong
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Laboratory to accompany BIOL 172.

    • 3 credits
    • DY, W Focus
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 171/171L
    • Co-requisite: BIOL 172
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: Spring
  • Global environmental problems in historical perspective; physical, biological, sociocultural views.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisites: BIOL101 or BIOL123, GEOG 101, or consent
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Atoll as ecosystem and as human environment. Formation, structure, distribution, biota.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisites: two semesters of introductory science or consent
    • Instructor: Merlin
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Characteristics of island biota; examples from Hawai’i and Pacific. Impact of island and continental cultures; policy and ecosystem endangerment; contemporary legislation, policy, and management practices.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisite: one semester of biological science or consent
    • Instructor: Merlin
    • Semesters offered: Fall
  • Biological survey, collection and analysis techniques will be reviewed and applied through field studies. Students will be introduced to the uniqueness of the Hawaiian environment and its diversity of life. Emphasis on diversity, evolution and ecology.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 265/265L or equivalent; or consent
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Human impacts through time on vegetation, animals, landforms, soils, climate, and atmosphere. Special reference to Asian/Pacific region. Implications of long-term environmental change for human habitability.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisites: either BIOL 310 or GEOG 326, and BIOL123, or GEOG 101, or consent
    • Cross-listed as GEOG 410
    • Instructor: varies
    • Semesters offered: varies
  • Taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, distribution, cultural history, and contemporary use of mind-altering drug plants; examples from primitive, traditional, and modern societies.

    • 3 credits
    • DB
    • Prerequisites: junior standing, one semester of biological science, and either ANTH 200 or GEOG 151; or consent
    • Instructor: Merlin
    • Semesters offered: varies