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Plant Ecology

with Jeffrey Pippen, Ecologist

This event is full. Now accepting wait list registrations.

Date(s): Sundays, March 7, 14 and 21

Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Fee: $135 ($122 Members)


Plant Ecology is a conceptual course designed for a broad audience interested in the interactions of plants within their environments. Ecological relationships at the organism, population, community, and ecosystem levels are examined, using examples from the rich and diverse North Carolina flora. Students will learn about nutrient and energy cycling within ecosystems, as well as about current threats and trends for the conservation of ecosystems. No prerequisites.



Remaining Seats: 0

Registration open through 3/5/2021 12:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Instructor

Jeff has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Michigan. He was a researcher in the Biology Department at Duke University, focusing on ecology and the effects of climate change on forest growth and has taught Biology at the community college, level, and undergraduate and graduate level forestry, wildlife, and environmental science courses at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment. Jeff’s current research investigates and documents biodiversity across North Carolina and beyond.  He owns a consulting business, JP Ecological Consulting, where he conducts wildlife surveys, leads workshops on organism identification and ecology, and markets nature photographs.



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Certificate in Native Plant Studies Credits

Plant Ecology: Credits - 1


This course fulfills a core requirement in our Certificate in Native Plants and in our Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration program.


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We are taking extensive precautions to make sure the Garden is a safe place to visit, and we need your help to keep it safe for everyone. When registering, you must agree to abide by the UNC Community Standards. Read the UNC Community Standards here.

In brief, please follow these practices:

  • Before leaving home for class, check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Do not attend class if you are experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist. If you are not able to attend class for this reason, we will offer you a full refund as course credit or to your credit card.

  • Watch your distance and remain 6 feet apart from others.

  • Bring a mask with you. Wear a mask at all times indoors and when you are unable to maintain a 6' distance outdoors.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Wipe off your work area before class with disinfecting wipes that will be available in the classroom.

By doing these things, you are doing your part to keep others safe both on campus and in our local communities.


Joslin Combined Classroom (C106 & C107)

100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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