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Flora of Arizona students - Rio Salado field trip 2016



PLB 300 Plant Diversity and Evolution

PLB 302 Plants and Civilization

PLB 306 Plant Anatomy

PLB 313 The Flora of Arizona

PLB 498 Sonoran Desert Field Botany (Makings)

PLB 498 Taxonomic Revisions (Landrum)

PLB 498 Grasses of Arizona (Makings)  Special topics seminar Bio 498/591

course description:  The grasses are one of the largest families of flowering plants and by far the most important to humans and include rice, wheat, rye, corn, sugar cane, bamboo, and barley, just to name a few.  Some of the topics we will cover: systematics, evolution, ecology, grassland geography, morphological characters, and of course we will learn a lot of Arizona taxa with the use of dichotomous keys.  As is typical of a seminar format, students will also be expected to do an independent and/or team project.

PLB 499 Individualized Instruction

PLB 591 Plant Biology Seminar

Contact Liz Makings for more information

The Arizona State University Mollusk Collection (ASUMOC) is curated by volunteer and avid shell enthusiast, Dale Snyder. It consists of approximately 140,000 shell specimens, and includes members from five of the seven classes of the phylum Mollusca.
Mammalogy Collection
The Mammalogy Collection (ASUMAC) contains approximately 9,300 specimens representing more than 160 species, with a geographic concentration in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The research collection represents the second-largest mammal collection in Arizona.
Ornithology Collection
The Ornithology Collection (ASUORC) at the ASU Natural History Collections contains approximately 2,000 specimens representing more than 300 species, with a geographic concentration in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, with some Neotropical representation as well.
Herpetology Collection
The Herpetology Collection (ASUHEC) contains approximately 38,000 specimens representing more than 900 species, with a geographic concentration in the western United States and northwestern Mexico.
Ichthyology Collection
The Ichthyology Collection (ASUFIC) contains approximately 22,000 lots representing more than 580 species, with a geographic concentration in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
Coal Balls
The Fossil Plant Collection (ASUPC) is a unique resource for the ASU Natural History community, supporting plant evolutionary research, teaching, and public outreach.
The Hasbrouck Insect Collection (ASUHIC) is a vibrant part of the ASU Natural History Collections community, with a diverse array of insect research, learning, and outreach activities.
The ASU Lichen Herbarium (ASU) is among the ten largest collections of lichenized fungi in the US; it contains some 115,000 specimens. The collection has a particularly strong focus on the Greater Sonoran Desert Region [northwestern Mexico: Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, western Chihuahua and northern Sinaloa; and southwestern USA, Arizona, southern California].
The Arizona State University Vascular Plant Herbarium (ASU) is among the most important in the greater Sonoran Desert region with over 315,000 specimens. We are particularly proud of our holdings of Cactaceae which include over 1,100 chromosome counts.