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.