15:467 Fossil Plants and Palaeoenvironments [Greenwood]

Prerequisites: 42:160 or 42:161 or 42:163 or 15:262 or permission of Instructor.

This course uses the plant fossil record to document the development of the modern-day North American flora and patterns of vegetation, from the perspectives of the world as it was at the close of the age of the dinosaurs ( ie. when flowering plants first came to prominence) through to the modern day, and the impact of climate change on the continent throughout the Cenozoic. It also covers methods used to reconstruct past environments from plant fossils, including both palynology (spores and pollen) and megafossil palaeobotony.

Cross-registered with (Geology) 42:467.

Cross-registered with (MELS) 15:667.

Cross registered with (Biology, graduate) 15:667.

3 lecture hours per term, 3 laboratory hours per term, one term

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 31:467 in the BU Course Transfer Database.

Instructor: Dr David Greenwood