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PBIO(BIOL) 3660L Plant Biology Intensive Lab
THE PLANT BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
PLANT BIOLOGY INTENSIVE LAB
CLASS OF 2008 SPRING
The course presumes at least one long-term field site in which to do meaningful research while developing several skills in the students. Because of unique transportation problems during this, its first semester, we identified a very small site both reachable by University Bus and with potential long-term interest. It drains a parking lot, has some standing water, and it contains at least a few plant species claimed to be obligate wetland plants. Any one would call it a narrow strip of wasteland (a perfectly acceptable term to plant biologists). The instructor had off-campus wetlands and granite outcrops in mind for long-term sites and chatted up this one as a potential wetland and what might be done with it and was somewhat surprised by the positive response of the students.

A second trip to the S01 site was much less promising. We also looked at the outflow from the Lake Herrick dam. We decided that these sites might be targets for small wetland constructions or restorations, but neither would support experiments or skill building that were the intent of the course.

We were fortunate to discover that at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia several parties had recently cooperated to construct a small dam designed to restore a wetland earlier created by beavers but that was reverting to meadow. Our transportation problem was solved by the students carpooling directly to the site. So the SBG Beaver Pond is our first research site, the immediate goals being a survey of the plants now there, discovering what plants should or could be there, and perhaps the introduction of appropriate taxa to accelerate the restoration.

There is a mature beaver pond across the Oconee River from the State Botanical Garden. A large portion of it was donated many years ago to the Garden and that property is described in these pages as the SBG Annex. There is no development and it is difficult to access but it promises to be a superb research and recreation site. Our objectives are to create access and to use the site to tell us what plants should be in the SBG Beaver Pond.
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PBIO(BIOL) 3660L CLASS OF SPRING 2008

Emily Amoni
Hugh Cheek
Taylor Ellison
Patrick Fannon
Megan Foster
Blair Funderburk
Lauren Galloway
Nisrin Jariwala
Drew Kaiser
Adam Powell
Daniel Wells
Josh White, TA
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GLENN GALAU, THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANT BIOLOGY, MILLER PLANT SCIENCES BUILDING, THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, ATHENS GA  30602-7271
PHONE 706 542 1859    FAX 706 542 1805
MODIFIED ON 29 JANUARY 2010. WEB DESIGN BY GLENN GALAU

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