BIOL 4950 - Directed Study


COURSE DESCRIPTION.  Prerequisite: completion of all required upper-division biology courses with distinctly superior academic records and the consent of the instructor.  Limited to selected students with approval of instructor and Department Head.  A specific problem to include supervised investigation and a report in format of biological journals. NOTE: Prospective students are advised that successful completion of the Directed Study project will require a minimum of 3 hours of intensive work per week for each credit hour.  Students are encouraged to present results of their Directed Study projects at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Council for Undergraduate Research.  Registration for Directed Study is handled directly by the Department Head.  Students interested in Directed Study should consult with their instructor and the Department Head well in advance of registration.

Directed Study projects supervised by Dr. Carter:

  • Floristic Inventory of Selected Natural Areas  in Tift and Irwin Counties, Georgia
  • Quantitative Effects of Exotic Invasive Plants on a Natural Forest Community in Southern Georgia
  • Flora of General Coffee State Park
  • Flora of Cook County, Georgia
  • Vegetation Survey of a Longleaf Pine Community at Grand Bay WMA
  • Vascular Flora of the Okefenokee Swamp Region
  • The Taxonomic Status of Cyperus louisianensis (Cyperaceae)
  • The Taxonomy of Cyperus drummondii (Cyperaceae) in the Southeastern United States
  • Comparisons of Cyperus virens, Cyperus drummondii, and a putative hybrid
  • The Flora of Lowndes County, Georgia
  • Herbarium Technique
  • Some prospective topics for Directed Study projects:

  • Variation in Amaranthus palmeri (Amaranthaceae)
  • Comparative Study of Anatomy of Leaves of Selected Cyperus species (Cyperaceae)
  • Distribution and Ecology of the Federally Endangered Species Schwalbea americana (Scrophulariaceae)
  • Distribution and Ecology of the Federally Endangered Species Lindera melissifolia (Lauraceae)
  • Distribution and Ecology of the Rare Species Litsea aestivalis (Lauraceae)
  • Variation in Achene Micromorphology in Rhynchospora fascicularis s.l. (Cyperaceae)
  • Variation in Achene Micromorphology in Scleria of the Southeastern United States

  • For additional information contact Dr. Carter at rcarter@valdosta.edu.               

    Last updated 12.14.2009