Course: field practice in plant ecology

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Course title field practice in plant ecology
Course code BOT/CEBT
Organizational form of instruction Field Exercise
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Hédl Radim, Mgr. MgA. Ph.D.
  • Duchoslav Martin, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Field practical course concurs to preceding courses "Vegetation Science", "Vegetation of the Czech Republic" and "Population ecology of plants" and is divided into three sections. The first part of the course is focused on the study of particular plant communities using the method of making of vegetation relevés in the working groups; subsequently, an analysis of acquired data is performed, mainly with an emphasis to the presence of diagnostic species in the communities under study. The field course takes place in central Moravia and focuses on following plant communities: e.g. xerophilous grasslands, wet meadows, mire, alluvial woodlands, alder carrs, thermophilous oak woodlands, acidophilous, oak woodlands, oak-hornbeam and lime-oak woodlands. The second part of the course is devoted to the methods of establishment of permanent plots and data sampling in the context of dynamics of vegetation under the influence of various management practices. The third part of the course will takes place in selected field localities with contrasting habitats (forests, steppe) in the area of Central Moravia. The following tasks are usually trained in the field: (i) estimation of population (size, age, stage) structure of plants (ii) clonality and problems of definition of individuals (iii) demonstration of various sampling techniques (iv) permanent plots and the study of plant population dynamics.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Observation, Demonstration, Work Activities
  • Excursion - 40 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 4 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 6 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Field training is devoted to the demonstration a wide variety of methods used in plant population ecology and plant community ecology (phytosociology).
Student should be able to (after attending the course): - know how to record a vegetation releve in various vegetation types - apply theoretical background in syntaxonomic analysis - work in a team during the field sampling of vegetation data and their analysis - evaluate the degree of degradation in studied plant communities, including the management - establish permanent plots and know how to record several population traits - estimate of population (size, age, stage) structure of plants. - explain clonality and problems of definition of individuals. - demonstrate various sampling techniques.
It is supposed that student passed throug courses Vegetation Science, Vegetation of the Czech republic and Population ecology of Plants.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

attendance, + knowledge in extent of the given information
Recommended literature
  • & Chytrý, M. (2007). Vegetace České republiky. Praha: Academia.
  • & Chytrý, M. (2011). Vegetace České republiky. Praha: Academia.
  • & Moravec, J. (1994). Fytocenologie. Praha: Academia.
  • Gibson, D. J. (2002). Methods in comparative plant population ecology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Henderson, P. A. (2003). Practical methods in ecology. Malden, Mass: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Chytrý, M., Kučera, T., Kočí, M., Grulich, V., & Lustyk, P. (2010). Katalog biotopů České republiky =: Habitat catalogue of the Czech Republic. Praha: Agentura ochrany přírody a krajiny ČR.
  • Maarel, E., & Franklin, J. (2013). Vegetation ecology. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Neuhäuslová, Z. et al. (1998). Map of Potential Natural Vegetation of the Czech Republic.. Academia, Praha.
  • Silvertown, J., & Charlesworth, D. (2001). Introduction to plant population biology. Oxford: Blackwell Science.
  • Underwood, A. J. (1997). Experiments in ecology: their logical design and interpretation using analysis of variance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wildi, O. (2010). Data analysis in vegetation ecology. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Botany (2015) Biology courses 1 Summer