This course is an introduction to the principles of Botany and Ecosystem Classification. Botany lectures will focus
on plant classification, botanical terms, plant morphology, and plant physiology. Topics include: plant cell
structure, plant tissue function and structure, photosynthesis and respiration, transpiration and translocation.
Botany labs will focus on learning to identify about 100 native plants commonly found in the West Kootenay
Region of B.C., specifically key indicator species.
Ecology lectures will focus on ecosystem classification using the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification System
(BEC) of B.C. Other key topics include the study of climatic factors, disturbance and succession, landscapes and
stand structure. Ecology labs focus on classifying ecosystems (including soils, site and vegetation) to site series
using BEC. Labs are mainly field based.