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Plant Evolution (BOTA30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBOTA30002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will introduce the general principles and modern methods of plant evolutionary biology: how to discover the phylogeny (relationships) of organisms using both morphological characters and molecular (DNA) data; how to use this information to improve the classification systems of plants; how to study aspects of evolution, coevolution and historical biogeography; and how to integrate information from living and fossil plants to discover the past and date evolutionary events. Examples of the diversity and evolution of Australian plants - both fossil and living forms - will be used throughout this subject. Topics will include:

  • discovering plant relationships phylogenetic systematics;
  • evolution of vascular plants, especially flowering plants;
  • fossil history of land plants;
  • historical biogeography and evolution of Australian flora.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the subject, students should:

  • have a knowledge of modern methods of phylogenetic systematics, including the application of morphological and molecular data
  • have skills in analysing systematic data, including the use of computer interactive programs;
  • understand how to infer evolutionary and biogeographic patterns;
  • have a knowledge of the evolution and diversity of Australian flora.

Last updated: 20 September 2019