ACCA Plant Ecology

An understanding of plant ecology is central to sound environmental decisions. The ways in which plants interact with each other, with other organisms, and with their environment will be studied by observing natural history, investigating ecological theory through experimentation, and through discussions of the current scientific literature. Explore the ecology of different Midwestern plant communities, including wetlands, dunes, woodlands and prairies, and learn to understand and interpret these systems. Students will take field trips in Illinois, Indiana, SW Michigan and SE Wisconsin to study the different plant populations and communities of the Upper Midwest.

Instructor:  D. Liane Cochran-Stafira, Ph.D, Department of Biological Sciences, Saint Xavier University
Notes:  Limit 20
Supplies:  Write in Rain Field Notebook, Folding Pocket Magnifiers
Texts: J. Gurevitch, S.M. Scheiner, and G. A. Fox, 2006.  The Ecology of Plants, 2nd edition.. Sinauer Associates.  Brower J. E., J.H. Zar, and C. von Ende.  1999. Field and Laboratory Methods in General Ecology, 4th edition.  McGraw-Hill
Credits: 4 semester hours (or equivalent) graduate or undergraduate
Prerequisities:  One course in General Botany or Ecology




2 Tuesdays, April 22-29, 7:00-9:00 p.m., and Monday-Thursday, May 12-29, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Botany Lab, Research Center


Fee includes admission to the Arboretum.


Please contact the Biology Department faculty at the participating A.C.C.A. institution from which you wish to receive credit and the registrar at The Morton Arboretum (registrar-ed@mortonarb.org). Graduate credit is available upon request.