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PřF:Bi7680 Animal Population Ecology - Course Information

## 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).
**Teacher(s)**- 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 **Timetable**- Mon 19. 9. to Sun 18. 12. Tue 14:00–17:50 D32/329, Tue 18:00–18:50 D36/223
**Prerequisites**- (
**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**- there are 8 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
**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.
**Syllabus**- 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.

**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

*recommended literature*- 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

*not specified*- TKADLEC, Emil.
**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.
**Language of instruction**- Czech
**Further Comments**- Study Materials
**Teacher's information**- http://botzool.sci.muni.cz/study/ekolpop/

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