University catalog description: “Principles of algal diversity, structure, and evolution. Identification of common Hawaiian algae.”
Botany 480 is the best class ever! Led by Dr. Celia Smith and your knowledgeable teaching assistants, you will take an evolutionary journey from the beginnings of life on earth, through the evolution of the Cyanophyta (cyanobacteria), Chlorophyta (green algae), Rhodophyta (red algae), and Phaeophyta (brown algae), culminating in the evolution of land plants! With exciting plot climaxes including the great oxygenation, the return of land plants to the ocean as sea grasses, and the loss of photosynthesis in heterotrophic algal species! This class isn’t just about algae. You will learn how marine plants in tropical ecosystems may be ecologically linked to fibropapillomatosis tumors in Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle), how watershed management can be linked to invasive algae blooms, and how fisheries management interacts with algal species to transform coastal ecosystems.