NEW Spring 2024 - Biodiversity of the Southeastern U.S.

Jonathan Shaw
Paul Manos
LS 760-01
Spring 2024
Thursdays, 6-9 PM
GLS House, 2114 Campus Drive
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Biodiversity is critical for a multitude of reasons: to maintain clean water, protect reliable and healthy food sources, stabilize global climate and environmental resilience, and facilitate mental health for current and future generations.  This course will explore topics and questions that include: what is biodiversity, how do we measure it, why are some areas more biodiverse than others, and why does it matter to preserve biodiversity?  The course will combine discussions AND hand-on experience with biodiversity through a series of field trips.  Three (weekend) field trips will include visits to major ecological regions of the southeastern U.S. as represented in North Carolina – the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Appalachian Mountains.  Two of the field trips (Piedmont, Mountains) will be day-trips, complemented by an overnight trip to the Coast where the class will stay at Duke’s Marine Lab in Beaufort NC.  The remaining 6-7 class sessions will meet on campus for discussions.

About Jonathan Shaw

GLS Advisory Committee Term: 2021-2024

Jonathan Shaw is a Professor in the Department of Biology. He received his Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Michigan. Dr. Shaw's research is on the systematics, population genetics, and evolution of bryophytes (mosses). Some of his research interests have included the taxonomy and classification of particular groups of mosses, developmental anatomy, and genetic relationships among populations of very rare species. A current focus in the lab is the evolution of peatmosses (Sphagnum) and Dr. Shaw's field work tends to be in polar and high altitude environments. He has published some 200 scientific papers and has edited two books, one on the evolution of tolerance in plants to toxic metals in the environment, and one on the biology of bryophytes. Dr. Shaw taught for eight years at a liberal arts college (Ithaca College) before coming to Duke in 1996.

About Paul Manos

Paul Manos is a Professor in the Department of Biology.  He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Cornell University.  Dr. Manos’s research is on the systematics and biogeography of the flowering plants.  His main research interest is the evolution of the oaks and their relatives, the hickories and walnuts.  He has published some 40 scientific papers spanning many different families of flowering plants, often with an emphasis on geography.  Dr. Manos has taught several plant biodiversity courses since coming to Duke in 1996.