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Note: All of my classes uses on-line resources and have a course website (through ecollege,rutgers.edu). I also participate in courses not listed here with guest lectures, etc..

For other TEACHING resources, see here.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES taught at Rutgers University


Plant Diversity and Evolution
 11:704:411
An overview of the evolution and diversity of vascular plants, from ferns to conifers and flowering plants. Field identification, morphology, principles of classification, and basic concepts in evolutionary research.

Given: Spring 2002, Fall 2003, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2011

Planned for:  Fall 2013

4 credits, 2 lectures/week, 1 lab/week, independent projects (poster, phylolab, etc.)


Introduction to Ethnobotany
11:776:205 (with James Simon)

History of ethnomedicine, global food sources and comparative diets, herbal medicine and their regulations, diversity of medicinal and crop plants, safety of herbals, development of new medicines from plants, biopiracy and intellectual property, bioprospecting in the third world, scientific evidence for folk medicine, and contemporary and historical uses of plant resources.

Given: Spring 2003, Spring 2005, Spring 2007, Spring 2009

Planned for: Spring 2013

3 credits, 2 lectures/week, independent projects

 

Fundamentals in Evolution 11:704:251 (with Siobain Duffy)

The course will introduce students to the breadth of evolutionary biology, from micro to macroevolution, and cover topics from molecular evolution to the fossil record. Through lectures and readings, students will gain a basic and fundamental understanding of the evolutionary forces that have shaped all life on earth.

Given: Spring 2012

Planned for: Spring 2013

3 credits, 2 lectures/week, poster project

 

Evolution of Eukaryotes 11:704:401 (with Debashish Bhattacharya)

This course will discuss the recent advances in our understanding of eukaryote origins and evolution. Phylogenetics, genomics, the role of horizontal gene transfers and the endosymbiotic origin of mitochondrion and plastid are some of the issues that will be examined in detail as they relate to ecology and evolution of eukaryotic organisms.

Given: Fall 2012

Planned for: Fall 2013

3 credits, 2 lectures/week, independent projects


BYRNE first-year freshman seminars. 11:090:101. Topics:
Safe or sorry? Herbal medicine, folklore and its scientific evidence, Spring 2010

Evolution of food, cooking and plants, Fall 2011
Cooking Through Change: A Spicy Walk Through the Last 10,000 Years, Fall 2012 (link)


Independent research credits through:

Research in Biotechnology, 11:126:497

Research in Genetics, 11:447:406/407

Special Problems in Ecology, 11:704:495

Special Problems in Plant Science, 11:776:495

Honors Tutorial III, George H. Cook Honors Program



GRADUATE COURSES taught at Rutgers University


Methods of Plant Systematics
 
16:765:503
Hands-on course in plant systematics methods and techniques used in plant systematics, phylogenetics, and biogeography. Lab, software demos, and lectures will be intermingled with independent projects and discussions. how to write a good paper, peer-review.

Given: Fall 2002, Spring 2006, Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2012

Planned for: TBA

3 credits, 2 lectures/week, 1 lab/week, substantial independent lab project


Advanced Plant Systematics 16:215:507
Broad, evolutionary overview of all vascular plants, from club mosses and ferns to conifers and flowering plants. Principles of classification and field identification, morphology, and basic concepts in evolutionary studies in botany. Independent project.

Given:  Fall 2003, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2011

Planned for: Fall 2012

4 credits, 2 lectures/week, 1 lab/week, independent project


Advanced Evolution (aka Journal Club in Evolution) 16:215:507 (with Siobain Duffy)

Journal club in evolution including examination of major elements of organismal evolutionary theory. Emphasis on phylogenetics, genetic variation, natural selection, adaptation, and speciation. Demonstration of methodology and software programs

Given:  Generally every semester for the last 7-8 years

Planned for: every semester. For credit or 'drop-in' attendance by faculty, staff and students.

Special topic Spring 2012: Reading Darwin's Origin of the Species

Special topic Fall 2012: Reading Dawkins' The Selfish Gene


Core Seminar in Plant Biology: Plant Systematics and Biodiversity topics

The course is designed to teach students to read and analyze current papers in the primary literature in preparation for the qualifying examination.

Given:  Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2012

Planned for: Spring 2014


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS

If you are an undergraduate student and are interested in working in my lab for research credits or in the herbarium as a workstudy student, please contact me directly. Be prepared to provide an (inofficial) transcript, letters of recommendation, and an updated resume outlining your career goals and accomplishments.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Dr. Lena Struwe

Office: 237 Foran Hall, 59 Dudley Road, Cook Campus, Rutgers.

Office hours: By appointment.

E-Mail: struwe@aesop.rutgers.edu 

Phone: (848) 932-6343

Fax: (732) 932-9411

 

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