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BIO2103 - Field methods in botany

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Patrick Baker


Not offered in 2007


This unit will be held at Clayton-campus and a field station (to be advised). The unit focuses on modern methods used by field botanists to study vegetation patterns as part of ecological studies. It includes discussion of a wide range of sampling methods used to survey vegetation and an introduction to some methods of floristic data analysis. Plant identification is a major component of the practical unit. The unit also includes an introduction to measurement of relevant environmental data, including soil description and analysis and to field-based ecophysiology. Each topic will be placed in the context of plant and vegetation responses to environmental factors.


On completion of this unit, students will understand, and have used, a range of sampling methods available to survey vegetation, and some methods of analysis of floristic data. They will achieve a knowledge of plant identification principles and the characteristics of the major Australian plant families, and be familiar with both traditional and computer-based identification keys. They will know how to measure the major environmental parameters relevant to plant performance under field conditions, and how to measure plant performance.


Field project: 40%
Practical reports: 30%
Herbarium collection: 20%
Quiz: 10%

Contact hours

2 weeks in November-December


12 points of BIO or BOT units (any level)