This course explores the botanical riches of the tropics, focussing on the plant life of Hawaii. The course traces fundamentals of plant taxonomy, physiology and ecology in relation to complexities of existence on the most isolated island chain in the world. Issues related to indigenous vegetation including effects of introduced animals and plants, agriculture and ethnobotany will be discussed. The course will involve one week of lectures at Trinity Western University Langley campus and two weeks of lectures and field work in the Hawaiian Islands.
Offered every other year.
BIOL 103, 104, and 105; or BIOL 113, 114 and instructor's consent. BIOL 216 or 312 or 314 or BIOL/GENV 316 strongly recommended.