(Taught every fall)
The field of ethnobotany ecompasses nearly every aspect of human livelihoods from the dawn of civilization up to the present day. From the sacred Bodhi trees of South Asia to the sorghum fields of cental Kansas, students will systematically learn about how we manipulate plants to suit our needs, and how plants manipulate our cultures to suit theirs. By the end of this course, students will have a solid foundation in how plants have, and continue to shape human livelihoods and culture. This course values participatory learning, meaning that students will be able to discuss and appreciate the roles of plants in their own daily lives. Students will become familiar with the basic tools of botanical and cultural sciences in order that they may conduct their own independent ethnobotanical research.
(Taught even-yeared springs)
A broad survey of the crawling, flying, flowering, sporulating, erupting and swimming things that make Hawaii such an exciting place to observe nature in the making.
Fungal symbioses are pervasive in nature, involving members of every biological kingdom. These interactions run the gamut from tightly co-evolved partnerships between symbionts, such as leaf miner ants and the fungi they cultivate, to diffuse associations with hosts and fungal communities of 100s or 1000s of species. This course will examine contemporary topics in fungal symbiosis and ecology by reading and discussing recent papers in the field.