Bi7680 Animal Population Ecology

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2016
Extent and Intensity
2/2/1. 5 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. Mgr. Stanislav Pekár, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. Mgr. Stanislav Pekár, Ph.D.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. Mgr. Stanislav Pekár, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Mon 19. 9. to Sun 18. 12. Tue 14:00–17:50 D32/329, Tue 18:00–18:50 D36/223
( Bi6340 Macro- and community ecology || Bi5210 Plant population ecology )&& Bi5080 Basics of ecology
mathematics (derivation, integrals, basic functions, matrices, etc.), basic knowledge of ecology
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
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Course objectives
Aim of this lecture is to introduce students to the methods used to study populations of animals. Beside theory, several practical examples are shown. Furthermore, students work on a group project. At the end of this course, the student should be able to know how to study populations of animals.
  • 1) Introduction: characteristics of population ecology, utilisation, definition of population.
  • 2) Describing populations: life-tables, survivorship curves, key-factor analysis.
  • 3) Growth models: discrete density-independent model, discrete density-dependent model, continuous density-independent model, continuous density-dependent model, models with time-lags, matrix models.
  • 4) Intraspecific competition: scramble and contest, cooperation.
  • 5) Degree-day models: linear and non-linear models.
  • 6) Interspecific competition: mutualism, interspecific competition, niche, co-existence, character displacement, model of Lotka-Volterra.
  • 7) Predation: specialization, preference, functional response, numerical response, refuge, aggregation.
  • 8) Models of predation: Lotka-Volterra model, Nicholson-Bailey model, host-pathogen model.
  • 9) Metapopulations: distributions, metapopulations, metapopulation model.
  • 10) Host-pathogen: definition, model.
    recommended literature
  • TKADLEC, Emil. Populační ekologie : struktura, růst a dynamika populací. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2008. xii, 400. ISBN 9788024421490. info
  • 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
    not specified
  • JAROŠÍK, Vojtěch. Růst a regulace populací. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2005. 170 s. ISBN 802001330X. info
  • HASTINGS, A. Population biology : concepts and models. New York: Springer, 1997. xvi, 220. ISBN 0387948627. info
  • GOTELLI, Nicholas J. A primer of ecology. 3rd ed. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates, 2001. xxi, 265. ISBN 0878932739. info
Teaching methods
lectures, practicals and a group project
Assessment methods
The final written exam is based on theoretical questions and practical examples. Homework is not required. Attendance at lectures is recommended.
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Teacher's information
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 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, autumn 2021.
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