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Plant Science: Forensic Botany

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Plant Science: Forensic Botany



  • To introduce the study of forensic botany
  • To introduce the related disciplines of palynology, limnology, anatomy, and molecular biology
  • To demonstrate additional legal dimensions of plant science
  • To identify legal cases and decisions that have used plant science as evidence
  • To further identify plant science as both a field and applied science


Time Frame: 

  • Pre-learning activity materials and reflection (60 minutes)
  • Asynchronous activity (40 minutes)
  • Post-discussion reflection and discussion (20 minutes)


Target Audience:

  • This activity is designed for undergraduate students in an introductory multidisciplinary science Life Sciences/Natural Science/Botanical Science class


Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to define forensic botany
  • Students will be able to identify disciplines related to forensic biology, including palynology and limnology
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how forensic biology is used to influence legal outcomes
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of information sources related to forensic biolog






1. Students should review the pre-learning materials:

2. Students should construct an explanation to the activity on the Discussion page.

3. Students should answer the discussion questions on the Discussion page.

4. If students have additional questions, they should post those as Comments on the Discussion page.


** Part of a larger course design for Plant Science Course Design: Plant Science

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