Drake University is a private institution located in Des Moines, Iowa that was founded in 1881. The current student enrollment for the university is 3,200 full time Undergraduate students.
Web Link: Introduction to Ethnobotany (BIO 145) (Fall 2011)
Relationships between human and plant populations have played a critical role in shaping both human behavioral and biological adaptations as well as plant community structures. Ethnobotany is a multidisciplinary field of study that investigates these relationships by combining the anthropologist's emphasis on the cultural context of plant use with the botanist's understanding of the ecological and biological traits of useful plants and plant communities. This course provides an introduction to the science of Ethnobotany.
Evolved Foodways: Plants, Culture, and Adaptation (BIO) (Fall 2011)
In this course we will explore the interactions of environment, culture, and plant biology as it relates to human food plants. We will investigate diverse environments around the world including (but not limited to) tropical India, the MesoAmerica, Ethiopia, and the Near East to see how these environments lead to evolutionary adaptations in the native plant species.
Web Link: Syllabus
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