Phylogenetic analysis and systematics of Capparaceae, Cleomaceae, Brassicaceae, and Brassicales. Molecular systematics; evolution of floral form. Developmental evolutionary biology. Evolution of fruit morphology, specifically Brassicaceae. Field and herbarium studies of tropical plants,specifically Capparaceae. Field studies of Old World Capparaceae.
Approaches to the classification and evolution of seed plants with emphasis on flowering plants. The diversity and relationships of seed plants are examined from a phylogenetic perspective. Topics include practical and theoretical aspects of species description, nomenclature and phylogeny interpretation, with a focus on the characteristics and significance of the major plant families in Alberta and from around the world. Prerequisite: BIOL 108 or SCI 100. BOT 205 recommended.Winter Term 2021