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University of Canterbury Summer Course - Practical Field Botany

Venue: Cass Mountain Research Area, Canterbury

Dates: 7-15 January 2014

Practical Field Botany (BIOL305) is an intensive, short summer course designed to meet the need for training in the collection, preparation, and identification of botanical specimens.

This course will be valuable for students who intend to seek employment in areas such as field ecology, conservation, biodiversity, and taxonomy or biosystematics. It will also be of interest to members of the workforce who need to acquire or upgrade taxonomic skills, e.g., from Crown Research Institutes, Department of Conservation, Local and Regional Councils, Botanic Gardens, horticulture, and teaching.

The course is targeted at participants with various entry levels: from students with a limited plant knowledge to experienced career professionals.

Goals of the course:

To enable participants to:

  • become familiar with the common plants of the Cass and surrounding areas quickly, 
  • identify and name plants correctly and accurately,
  • maximise usefulness and minimise environmental impact when collecting specimens,
  • prepare high quality voucher specimens of plants,
  • use scientific names to access detailed information about New Zealand plants,
  • understand the patterns of variation within populations,
  • appreciate unique and unusual aspects of the New Zealand flora.

Please see the attached  Course Outline 2014 for more detailed information.

For enrollment, please call 0800 VARSITY (827 748) or email [email protected]

For further enquiries and help with enrolling, please contact:

Dr Pieter Pelser, Senior Lecturer in Plant Systematics and Curator of the University of Canterbury Herbarium (CANU)

School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +64-3-364-2987 ext 45605