Botany 375 - Plant Speciation

Note: I would have preferred to put all this on the CGU server, but I didn't even have access to it for a time after it was moved, and I've never been able to run things such as the message board.


Useful texts:

Ereshefsky, The Units of Evolution (MIT Press). A compendium of classic papers dealing with the nature of species. Paperback now at!

Otte and Endler, Speciation and Its Consequences (Sinauer). A collection of more recent papers dealing with the process of speciation. Out of print (try Advanced Book Exchange)


Gain an understanding of the species as a basic unit of the evolutionary process, the mechanisms by which new species arise, and the importance of species in macroevolutionary processes.


Written essays
Presentation of selected topics
Class participation

Grading scale:

Subjective and holistic: The grade is based on performance in short essays, the classroom presentation, and participation.

Sites about speciation:

This page Copyright © 1998 by Curtis Clark. Last revision Wednesday, February 18, 1998.

This is the official syllabus of Botany 375, Plant Speciation, as taught by Curtis Clark. It is subject to change without notice to anyone but students currently enrolled in the class.