Cindy Skema, Ph.D.- Morris Arboretum Botanist
Fronny Plume, Ph.D.- Botanist
Tim Block, Ph.D.- Director of Botany, Morris Arboretum
Join us for a three-week (Wednesday evenings) "quick start" introduction to botany. This course is designed for anyone, no matter what background, who has an interest in plants and has always wanted to know more about the biology of these fascinating organisms. Through three sessions, we will offer a general introduction to the topics of plant evolution, form, reproduction (with just a wee bit of genetics), physiology, photosynthesis, chemistry, communication, and ecology. This course will provide you with the basic plant biology understanding that could change the way you look at tree care, gardening, or even the produce at the farmer's market!
Dr. Cindy Skema has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and loves watching fern leptosporangia catapult out their spores under the hot light of a microscope. Dr. Tim Block has a Ph.D. from Miami University of Ohio and is a veteran teacher at the Morris Arboretum who loves being outdoors and enjoys botanizing in the woodlands of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fronny Plume has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and can lose hours musing about the feat of evolution that is the tri-trophic interaction of plants, predators, and parasitoids.
This course carries 6 CEUs for ISA certified arborists (S=6, P=0, M=0).