Bi8060 Behavioral ecology

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught partially online.
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Bartonička, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Jan Zukal, Dr., MBA (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Bartonička, Ph.D.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. Jan Zukal, Dr., MBA
Supplier department: Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Mon 10:00–11:50 D32/329
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Bi6083 Bachelor State Exam in ecological and evolutionary biology && Bi8130 Ethology && Bi5080 Basics of ecology && Bi1030 Inverteb. phylog. & divers. && Bi2090 Verteb. phylog. & divers.
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
Main objective of Behavioural ecology course is making students aware of adaptive importnace of behaviour and its impact on individual survival and maximalization of inclusive fitness. Moreover, to study influence of ecological conditions on behaviour changes. Behavioural ecology is the synergic research of behaviour, ecology and evolution.
Learning outcomes
- to identify fundamental factors influencing adaptive differences in animal behaviour; - to design and test a model of animal economic decision; - to evaluate the state of adaptations in evolutionary arm-race; - to apply the models of competititon to animal behaviour; - to analyze benefits and costs of social behaviour; - to explain the conflicts between behavioral strategies of animals and to test their evolutionary stability; - to describe a form of sexual selection and the level of subsequent parental care.
  • 1. Evolution of adaptations in behavior 2. Survival and reproductive success of the animals 3. Economic decisions in behavior 4. Interaction predator vs. prey 5. Intra- and inter.specific competition, individual differences 6. Sexual selection, evolution of reproductive strategies. Sperm competition 7. Parental investment 8. Evolution of signals
  • Behavioural ecology :an evolutionary approach. Edited by J. R. Krebs - N. B. Davies. 4th ed. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing, 1997. viii, 456. ISBN 0-86542-731-3. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and personal presentation of project incl. group project.
Assessment methods
Lectures. Oral exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: Předmět je povinný pro vertebratology.
Credit evaluation note: 2+2 se Zk povinné jen pro vertebratology.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Studenti vybírají podle zaměření diplomové práce, povinný pro vertebratology
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2007 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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