Kenneth G. Karol

Undergraduate Discipline


BSc, University of Wisconsin-Madison. PhD, University of Maryland-College Park. Research interest in molecular systematics, classification and evolution of green algae and land plants, and interest in organellar genome evolution. Currently an assistant curator at the New York Botanical Garden’s Cullman Molecular Systematics Program, adjunct faculty member at City University of New York, international collector of algae, and author of more than 30 papers and book chapters on algae and land plant evolution. SLC, 2008–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018


General Biology Series: Photosynthetic Life

Open , Seminar—Spring

Billions of years of oxygenic photosynthesis has altered the Earth's atmosphere and modified its landscape. From single-celled cyanobacteria to towering redwoods, photosynthesis produces the fuel that powers the food webs upon which all life depends. Rubisco, a key enzyme in photosynthesis, has been identified as the single most-abundant protein on Earth. In this course, students will develop an understanding of the origin and diversity of photosynthetic life, including cyanobacteria, marine and freshwater algae, and land plants. Concepts will be placed in an evolutionary framework that demonstrates the interconnected history of life. Seminars will be supplemented by lab sections, in which students will be exposed to the diversity of photosynthetic organisms and will learn to identify representative species and key morphological features and adaptations.

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