Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Biology 402. Senior Seminar

Spring 2018

Understanding biological diversity begins with collecting, whether of observations, specimens (alive or dead), photographs, or descriptions. In this seminar for majors in biology and environmental science, we will explore many aspects of biological collecting especially around these themes:

Phylogenies and adaptive radiations

Arrangements of collections

Challenges and controversies of nomenclature and classification

Surprise convergences

Themes for collecting (even ones that might seem frivolous, obsessive or inaccurate)

Seemingly narrow expertise in a subset of organisms

Obsessions (and their constructive uses)

Adventure (travelling to get a complete set!)