Course: Conservation Biology (Introduction)

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Course title Conservation Biology (Introduction)
Course code KBE/542
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Kučera Tomáš, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Jersáková Jana, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Konvička Martin, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1. Conservation biology interdisciplinary approach, the philosophical background. 2. Biological diversity: species, genetic, community and ecosystem diversity, measuring biological diversity, distribution of biological diversity. 3. Extinctions: patterns of extinction, rates of extinction, causes of extinction, vulnerability to extinction. 4. Conservation genetics 5. Conserving species by conserving populations: problems of small populations, loss of genetic variability, effective population size, metapopulations. 6. Conservation biology in space and time, SLOSS, island biogeography 7. Plant conservation in situ and ex situ, action plans, reintroductions, management. 8. Conservation of natural habitats and landscape 9. Conservation of small animals in situ and ex situ, action plans, reintroductions, management. 10. Conservation of large animals in situ and ex situ, action plans, reintroductions, management. 11. Restoration ecology, urban ecology, protection of aquatic habitats 12. Conservation biology and global warming. Content of practices: 4 excursions - National park Šumava, NPR Červené Blato Třeboňsko, CHKO Blanský les, ZOO Ohrada Further information: http://kbe.prf.jcu.cz/cs/kbe542

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Written action (comprehensive tests, clauses), Individual preparation for exam, Excursion
  • Field trip - 24 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
To familiarise the students with basic principles of up-to-date biological approaches applied in nature protection.
Students will learn understanding current problems in conservation biology and potential solutions.
Prerequisites
Student is familiar with basic ecology.

Assessment methods and criteria
Test, Seminar work

Course is running every academic year. Participation on the excursions is obligatory. In the middle of the term, the knowledge is verified by a test, and his results are combined with a final test. Student has to elaborate semestral work, which will be reviewed and defended.
Recommended literature
  • Primack R.B., Sher A.A. (2016). An Introduction to Conservation Biology. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Massachusetts..
  • Pullin A.S. (2002). Conservation Biology. Cambridge University Press..
  • Pullin A.S. (2002). Conservation Biology. Cambridge University Press..
  • Kolář et al. Ochrana přírody z pohledu biologa. Dokořán, 2012.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Zoology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Ecosystem Biology (1) Category: Ecology and environmental protection - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Biology for future teachers (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Biology (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Secondary Schools Teacher Training in Biology (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Biology for future teachers (1) Category: Biology courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Ecosystem Biology (1) Category: Ecology and environmental protection - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Secondary Schools Teacher Training in Biology (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter