Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

An introduction to flora of the Isles of Shoals in the context of island biogeography, mapping of rare plant habitats, and the management of invasive plant species. Through both field and classroom exercises, we will consider the floristic changes the Isles experienced from past and to present, and predict trends into the future to help preserve the Isle’s unique flora.

Outcome 1: By the end of the class, students will: Become familiar with the flora of Appledore (and possibly Star) and be able to distinguish native vs invasive species, rare species, and harmful (poisonous) species.

Outcome 2: Know how to conduct plant surveys and apply the appropriate methodology for their intended purpose.

Outcome 3: Document rare plant(s) using Natural Heritage’s rare species occurrence forms.

Outcome 4: Map plant habitats using GPS, which may include natural communities, limits of invasive species stands, or location of isolated rare species.

Outcome 5: Contribute to an ongoing island-wide floral survey and habitat mapping effort.

Outcome 6: Produce plant habitat map(s) using GIS, Google Earth or other open source software.

Outcome 7: Understand the factors that lead to habitat stability or floristic change over time on the island.

Outcome 8: Completed a modest plant collection and prepare a selection of herbarium specimens to to stored at UNH’s Hodgdon Herbarium.


One semester of introductory biology


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Previously offered classes

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:BIOSM 2500 802-FLD
Class dates:June 22-July 17, 2020
Due date:Friday July 17, 11 AM - 1 PM / Other, Off-Campus (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 11 AM - 1 PM / Other, Off-Campus
Mode of instruction:Synchronous distance learning
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Moore, G.
Max. enroll:20
Notes:Plan to spend 37.5 hours in class over the duration of the course, or about 2 hrs of instruction per day on average, Mon-Fri, unless otherwise specified. You may view recorded materials any time. You may also be required to meet in groups at set times.
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.

The BIOSM 2500 801-FLD section of this course has been canceled.