Bi8175 Mire ecology

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2016
Extent and Intensity
1/0. 1 credit(s) (fasci plus compl plus > 4). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Michal Hájek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Michal Hájek, Ph.D.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. Michal Hájek, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Mon 19. 9. to Sun 18. 12. Tue 12:00–13:50 D32/329
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
Course objectives
At the end of this course, students should be able to: - describe and interpret ecologically the major vegetational types of mires and springs and understand their relationship to environmental gradients - distinguish morphological, hydrological and trophic types of mires and similar habitats (springs, travertines, wet meadows) - understand abiotic and biotic processes in mires - predict species composition and structure of plant or animal assemblages in relation to ecological factors and to reconstruct and predict the succession of mire ecosystems in changing landscape. Lectures are supplemented by field excursion.
  • 1)Definition and classification of mires. Hydrology.
  • 2)Biogeochemical cycles. Chemical processes in peat.
  • 3)Gradients of base saturation and nutrient availability.
  • 4)Gradients of water table depth.
  • 5)Other gradients: temperature, peat depth, sucessional gradients
  • 6)Anthropic influence
  • 7)Measurements of ecological factors
  • Dierssen K. & B. (2001): Ökosysteme Mitteleuropas aus geobotanischer Sicht. Band 2, Moore, Ulmer, Stuttgart.
  • RYDIN, Håkan, John K. JEGLUM and A. HOOIJER. Biology of peatlands. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. ix, 343. ISBN 0198528728. info
  • Peatlands : evolution and records of environmental and climate changes. Edited by I. P. Martini - Antonio Martínez Cortizas - Ward Chesworth. 1st ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2006. xviii, 587. ISBN 0444528830. info
  • CHARMAN, Dan. Peatlands and environmental change. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2002. x, 301. ISBN 0471969907. info
Teaching methods
lectures (data projektor), presentation of specialist (M. Horsák), eventually workshop on current literature
Assessment methods
written test or oral exam, eventually review project from current literature
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on the per-term frequency of the course: v sudých letech (podzim 2002, 2004, ...).
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2020.
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