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.


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Introduction to Ethnobotany (BIO 092)
Ethnobotany is a multidisciplinary field of study that investigates the role of relationships between humans and plant populations in shaping human behavioral and biological adaptations as well as plant community structures. Topics will include uses of plants, how people think about plants and the natural world, the origins of agriculture, ecological relationships between humans and plants, and the relevance of ethnobotany to contemporary global issues. 2015 Syllabus

Evolved Foodways: Plants, Culture, and Adaptation (BIO 111)
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.
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Field Botany (BIO 152)
General principles of plant taxonomy and plant ecology. Emphasis on classification and nomenclature, botanical terminology, recognition of plant families, use of plant keys, Iowa plant species identification and ecology and plant collecting and voucher preparation. Lecture, lab, field trips. One weekend field trip required. Offered spring semester of alternating years.


Nanci Ross (nanci.ross@drake.edu)


The Biogeography of Dinner
This is a creative module that can be used with any Ethnobotany class that will help them see the connection between their lives and the natural world.