Z5151 Environmental risks of biodiversity

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Karel Brabec, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Zbyněk Cincibus (assistant)
Petra Hašková, DiS. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Karel Brabec, Ph.D.
Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: Mgr. Karel Brabec, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Tue 14:00–15:50 Z2,01032
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 2/25, only registered: 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
This course aims to explore biological diversity patterns driven by environmental factors. Ecological effects of natural and anthropogenically modified conditions on biodiversity will be described. Risk analyses will be presented using examples of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems (habitat modifications, climate changes, land use changes, biological invasions, chemical pollution).
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able:
- to describe basic ecosystem structure and processes
- to characterize attributes of biological diversity and evaluate its relations to environmental risks
- to apply DPSIR scheme in model terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems
- to understand ecological relationships in habitat alterations, climate change and chemical pollution
- to understand concepts of ecosystem services, invasions and ecosystem rehabilitations
  • 1) Introduction (ecosystem structure, biological diversity, ecological processes)
  • 2) Biodiversity – concepts, attributes, drivers
  • 3) Biodiversity – spatio-temporal patterns
  • 4) Environmental risks (typology); DPSIR scheme (Driving forces, Pressures, States, Impacts, Responses)
  • 5) Stress ecology
  • 6) Biodiversity and ecosystem processes
  • 7) Climate-biodiversity relationships
  • 8) Scenarios of land use change
  • 9) Habitat changes (Natura 2000 sites, Habitat Directive, Nature Conservation)
  • 10) Environmental chemicals and biodiversity
  • 11) Biological invasions
  • 12) Ecosystem services
  • 13) Biodiversity risk assessment
  • Atlas of biodiversity risk. Edited by Josef Settele. 1st pub. Sofia: Pensoft, 2010. xv, 264. ISBN 9789546424464. info
  • MAGURRAN, Anne E. Measuring biological diversity. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. viii, 256. ISBN 0632056339. info
  • Ecological modeling in risk assessment : chemical effects on populations, ecosystems, and landscapes. Edited by Robert A. Pastorok. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers, 2002. 302 p. ISBN 1566705746. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Examination has an oral form.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018, Autumn 2020.
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