F. Zapata Hoyos
Spring 2018 - Definitely take this class if you are interested in plants! If not, it is still a great class to take that will advance your understanding in phylogeny and evolution. I personally feel the class came in three phases. The first phase focused on understanding the concept; the second phase involved some memorization; the third phase was back to understanding again and offered insights from current studies. This is a relatively new class, so the structure might change in the future, but in terms of contents it's a good mix. The lecture was interesting and the professor gave out food for several times to reinforce concepts. Though the syllabus said the tests were straight-scale, but professor curved the midterms and had bonus point questions. I can't ganrantee this would surely happen in the future, but both the professor and the lab TA not only are approachable and patient, but also care for our learning and want us to succeed in this class.