About BIO 29N

The Party with Trees class in the Stanford Arboretum

The Party with Trees class in the Stanford Arboretum

Bio29N was a freshman introductory seminar offered in Winter Quarter 2015.  The course combined guided tree tours of the Stanford campus with introductory lectures from a range of disciplinary ‘lenses’ through which trees may be viewed.  The course was taught by Dr. Devaki Bhaya. Kelly McManus was the course TA.

The course featured a wide range of guest lecturers and tour guides and explored the significance of trees from biological, environmental, cultural, and historical contexts.  Although an introductory level course, the class attracted a handful of upperclassmen (and one graduate student!), and students represented a variety of academic fields and prior instruction/interest in trees.

The course spanned 8 weeks and included 6 guided walks, 7 lectures, 2 student led tours, and final projects.

Read the coverage of Party with Trees over at the Stanford Daily and in the Fall 2015 edition of Pacific Horticulture magazine!

Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) at Jasper Ridge.  Photo by Devaki Bhaya.