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The Ecology of Plant Reproduction
August 4, 2017 @ 3:00 am - August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am UTC-6$95.00 – $145.00
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand, And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.”
– William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
Although we think of plants as stationary, they move about the earth in a diversity of ingenious ways by exchanging gametes (pollen) using wind and animals and by dispersing their offspring (seeds) in pods and fruits of staggering variety. In this 2-day field seminar, we will explore the fascinating ways in which plants reproduce themselves, despite being rooted in the earth. Think of pollen and seeds – and their dispersers – as actors in an evolutionary play dramatized in the ecological theatre of the Rocky Mountains. Topics to be covered include floral and fruit anatomy, evolutionary relationships between plants and animals, and the ecology of dispersal of pollen and seeds. Techniques for studying pollination biology and seed dispersal will be demonstrated with hands-on exercises in the field.
As E. O. Wilson says, “It’s the little things that run the world.” Join us this summer to learn how they do it.