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Biodiversity Protection in Industrial Environment

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Course Unit Code546-0166/01
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated3 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Compulsory
Level of Course Unit *Second Cycle
Year of Study *Second Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredSummer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
KRE71Ing. Hana Švehláková, Ph.D.
Students will get acquainted with the issue of biodiversity in the industrial landscape. They will get detailed information about ecological succession on industrially created or strongly anthropogenically affected areas. Attention will also be focused on basic plant communities, rare, invasive and expansion species of plants and animals.
Students will also gain an overview of the basic legal norms that concern a nature protection and understand the complexity of issues related to nature protection and environmental issues in the industrial landscape.
An essential part of the course are field work and exercises.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
The aim of the course is:
a) understanding the significance and changes of biodiversity in the industrial landscape.
(b) the ability to assess the quality of industrial habitats on the basis of species composition
c) the ability to predict the development of industrial habitats and to suggest their possible use
Course Contents
1. Environmental problems, global climate change, historical context, development of nature and landscape protection.
2. Legislative framework of nature and landscape protection in the Czech Republic, international conventions, initiatives and programs in nature protection, international non-governmental organizations for nature protection.
3. Landscape, its development and use.
4. Industrial landscape, anthropogenic disturbances, erosion, types and ways of contamination of landscape components.
5. Biodiversity, concept, meaning, value including ethical aspects.
6. Levels of biodiversity (genetic, species, ecosystem), measurement of biodiversity.
7. Species diversity (distribution of species on Earth, endemics and relics, speciation and extinction).
8. Ecosystem diversity (endangered ecosystems in the world and in the Czech Republic, succession and its stages, succession blockers in the industrial landscape).
9. Biodiversity of anthropogenic ecosystems (agroecosystems, urban ecosystems, industrial areas)
10. Biodiversity of mine dumps, subsidence basin and sludge ponds, specific habitats (thermal activity, extreme ecological conditions, contamination), life strategies and species adaptation.
11. Historical parks and gardens - historical context in the world, Europe and the Czech Republic, important parks and gardens in the Czech Republic, care for parks and gardens, importance for biodiversity.
12. Theory of invasions, invasive species, ways and phases of invasions, consequences of invasions, invasibility and invadability of ecosystems.
13. Management of species in the industrial landscape, protection of rare and endangered species and their habitats, rescue transfers, control and management of invasive species (types of methods - mechanical, chemical, combined), practical examples.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
FERIÈRE R., DIECKMANN U., COUVET D. (EDS.) (2004). Evolutionary conservation biology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
GASTON K.J. (1996). Biodiversity: a biology of numbers and differences. Blackwell Science.
HUBBELL S.P.(2001). The unified theory of biodiversity and biogeography. Monographs in Population biology. Princeton Science.
HUNTER Jr. M. L. (1996): Fundamentals of Conservation Biology.- Blackwell Science, USA., 482p.
PRIMACK, Richard B., Pavel KINDLMANN a Jana JERSÁKOVÁ. Úvod do biologie ochrany přírody. Praha: Portál, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7367-595-0
PRIMACK, Richard B. Biologické principy ochrany přírody. Praha: Portál, 2001. ISBN 80-7178-552-0
STEJSKAL, V. Úvod do právní úpravy ochrany přírody a péče o biologickou rozmanitost. Praha: Linde, 2006. 591 s. ISBN 80-7201-609-1
LEVIN, S. A. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. London: Academic Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-12-384720-1
Recommended Reading:
MAGURRAN A.E. (1988) Ecological Diversity and Its Measurement. Cambridge University Press, UK.
PRIMACK R. B. (2002): Essentials of Conservation Biology. 3rd ed.- Sinauer Associates, USA, 699p.
HUNTER Jr. M. L. (1996): Fundamentals of Conservation Biology.- Blackwell Science, USA., 482p.
KADLEC, T., M. KONVIČKA a R. TROPEK. Mrhají technické rekultivace ochranářským potenciálem vytěžených lomů? Případ motýlů v Českém krasu. In: LAŠTŮVKA Z. a H. ŠEFROVÁ, (eds). III. Lepidopterologické kolokvium. Program, sborník referátů a abstraktů. AF MZLU v Brně, 24. ledna 2008
JONGMAN, R. H. G., C. J. F. TER BRAAK a O. F. R. VAN TONGEREN. Data Analysis in Community and Landscape Ecology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995
WILSON, E. O. Rozmanitost života. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 1995
PRIMACK, R. B. Essentials of Conservation Biology. Sinauer Associates, 2002, 699 s.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials, Terrain work
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Credit and ExaminationCredit and Examination100 (100)51
        CreditCredit33 17
        ExaminationExamination67 34