North Carolina Botanical Garden

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Geology for Botanists and Ecologists

with Mike Schafale, Botanist/Geologist

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Dates: Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Optional field trip February 29.


This primarily lecture course is a survey of the principles of geology most important to the distribution of native plants and natural communities. Classes cover the different types of rocks, their chemical and physical effects on the soils that form from them, the geological processes that shape the earth’s surface and the landforms that result from them, and the way natural communities align with these patterns. An optional field trip on the 5th Saturday will visit a couple of places where these principles can be seen in action. This course is intended for a broad audience, but some familiarity with natural communities, native plants, and some exposure to basic chemistry will be beneficial.

Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members).




Remaining Seats: 0

Registration open through 1/31/2020 11:00 AM EST


Mike Schafale works with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, where he is the lead natural community ecologist.  He is author of the Classification of the Natural Communities of North Carolina - Fourth Approximation, Third Approximation, and earlier editions, and of Wild North Carolina - Discovering The Wonders Of Our State's Natural Communities.  He is one of the organizers of the Carolina Vegetation Survey and its vegetation sampling Pulse events.  He has a graduate degree in plant ecology from Duke and an undergraduate degree in both biology and geology. 

Continuing Education

Native Plant Studies Elective Course: Credits - 1

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