This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled BioQUEST Summer 2008 Faculty Workshop Problem Solving in Biology: Data, Tools and Resources from Plant Science at Southeast Missouri State University in June 2008. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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What does that phylogeny really mean?
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Possible Audiences:

Undergraduate courses, non-majors biology courses, high school biology classes  


Brief Overview:

Using Biology Workbench, and other on-line tools, students compare phylogenetic trees from morphological data they have collected, with phylogenies using GenBank DNA sequences.  


Project Materials:

Access to computers and the internet All the plant specimens that would you would normally use in your class.  


Resources and References:

Microbes Count!  


Future Directions:

This project is derived from a systematics exercise in Microbes County! Your suggestions for extensions?