Course: Ecology of non-native aquatic organisms

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Course title Ecology of non-native aquatic organisms
Course code VURH/EKNOK
Organizational form of instruction no contact
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Kouba Antonín, Ing. Ph.D.
  • Buřič Miloš, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Gebauer Radek, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Students will become familiar with the history, terminology and severity of non-indigenous organisms, hence the phenomenon of so-called biological invasions (1). These will be placed in the context of non-native animals (2), pathogens (3) and plants (4). Their general (5) and regional (6) distribution, pathways of introduction (7), impacts and management (8), the impact of climate change (9) and social perception (10) will be discussed. A number of important non-indigenous species of different taxonomic groups occurring in aquatic ecosystems will be presented (11-16). Exercises in the course will build on the topics of the lectures and will mainly concern the practical and critical use of the information obtained. They will include basic species determination and field excursions to natural sites.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), E-learning, Individual preparation for exam, Excursion, Work with multi-media resources (texts, internet, IT technologies), Individual tutoring
  • Class attendance - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 80 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 16 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 16 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 16 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The ever-increasing number of alien species across taxa and regions, many of which are invasive in their new environment, is one of the global threats affecting biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Knowledge of this issue is a prerequisite for understanding these ongoing changes. The aim of this course is to provide students with basic knowledge related to the causes, processes, impacts and management of alien species in the aquatic environment.

Prerequisites
unspecified

Assessment methods and criteria
unspecified
Oral exam; further requirements: basic species determination, elaboration and presentation of seminar work on selected invasive species followed by common discussion.
Recommended literature
  • Francis, Robert A. A handbook of global freshwater invasive species. First published. London ; New York : Earthscan, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84971-228-6.
  • Simberloff, Daniel. Invasive species : what everyone needs to know. New York : Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-19-992201-7.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Protection of Waters (2020) Category: Ecology and environmental protection 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Protection of Waters (2021) Category: Ecology and environmental protection 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer