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BIOL 355: Seminar: The Plant-Animal Interface

The primary objective of this seminar is to gain a better understanding of “the plant-animal interface,” with a specific focus on the interactions between plants and vertebrate herbivores. Topics covered include 1) the range of influences that the abiotic environment has on plants as a source of energy and nutrition for vertebrates; 2) how animals respond to heterogeneity in the plant communities with a specific focus on plant chemistry (i.e., nutritional indices and defensive chemistry); and 3) how heterogeneity in plant chemistry influences animal demographics and overall biological diversity.  Prerequisite: Biology 125, Biology 126 and a 200-level course in Biology
6 credits; NE; Offered Winter 2022; J. Berini