Field Station Natural History Workshops -- Winter 2014
Ecology and Physiology of Plants in Winter: Surviving the Big Chill
January 3 & 4 (Friday & Saturday)
Instructor: Dr. James Reinartz , Director, UWM Field Station is a plant ecologist and evolutionary biologist.
The Course: The plants of temperate and boreal regions have several anatomical and physiological adaptations that allow them to survive low temperatures. Minimum temperatures set the range limits for many species, and snow and ice loading can be important constraints on the morphology of northern trees. Some woody plants can photosynthesize in the winter, which is also an important time for seed dispersal. This workshop will explore all of the aspects of plant life in the winter, especially what is known about the special adaptations that allow northern plants to survive the freezing and drought associated with extreme cold. We also spend some time learning the basic characteristics used to identify woody plants in the winter. This class includes a balance of indoor and outoor study, lecture and hands-on activity.
Recommended materials: Hand lens and field clothing. Workshop fee includes a winter fruit and twig key which will be provided.
Workshop fee: $95.00 (does not include credit tuition). Meals are optional and are extra. Sign up for meals when you register.