Bi5080 Basics of ecology

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2008
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s) (fasci plus compl plus > 4). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Michal Hájek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. RNDr. Světlana Zahrádková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Světlana Zahrádková, Ph.D.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. RNDr. Světlana Zahrádková, Ph.D.
Thu 8:00–9:50 A,01026
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 7 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
Main objectives can be summarized as follows: to learn the basic terms used in ecology (i.e. ecology of individuals, populations, communitites and ecosystems) and understand them; to familiarize with basic concepts of ecology and be able to explain them using the expamles from nature; to understand basic processes in nature; to acquire the diversity and functioning of major Central-European habitats and worldwide biomes.
  • Introduction, basic definitions and history, organisms and their environment, basic ecological factors, conditions and resources. Solar radiation and its changes in atmosphere, utilisation of the radiation in the photosynthesis, adaptations on the annual and diurnal variability of the solar radiaton. Temperature drops, ectothermic and endothermic organisms, adaptations to low and high temperatures, temperature and distribution of species. Soil, pedogenetic processes, humus and edaphon, soil types in the Czech Republic. Water and aquatic environments - characteristics, types, adaptations of organisms. Ecological importance of water, soil, air and edafic factors. Organisms as habitats, hosts and parasites, life-cycles and dispersal, coevolution. Populations, their attributes and dynamic, intra- and interspecific interactions. Communities, spatio-temporal aspects of diversity, concept of ecological niche. Biomes, ecosystems, biomass, productivity, energy and material flow, food chains, biochemical cycles, biosphere. Ecosystems of central Europe. Applied ecology, environmental pollution, biomonitoring and bioindication.
  • BEGON, Michael, John L. HARPER and Colin R. TOWNSEND. Ekologie : jedinci, populace a společenstva. Translated by Bronislava Grygová - Barbara Köberleová - Zdeněk Brandl. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Vydavatelství Univerzity Palackého, 1997. xxiv, 949. ISBN 8070676957. info
  • SLAVÍKOVÁ, Jiřina. Ekologie rostlin. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1986. 366 s. info
  • LOSOS, Bohumil. Ekologie živočichů. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1984. 316 s. info
Assessment methods
Lectures (data projector) Written test or oral exam - dependent on the number of students
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses

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