Course: Tropical ecosystems and ecological concepts

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Course title Tropical ecosystems and ecological concepts
Course code EKO/TREKO
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
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
  • Dančák Martin, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Tuf Ivan Hadrián, RNDr. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Kočárek Petr, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
What are tropical ecosystems interesting for, what are the differences compared to temperate ecosystems. Where does the enormous tropical diversity come from and what are the mechanisms its preserving in time. Comparison of tropical ecosystems of the four continents; travelling along the altitudinal and latitudinal gradient etc.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook), Projection (static, dynamic)
Learning outcomes
The course brings detailed overview of tropical ecosystems, its ecology with the impact on structural and functional characteristics of each community, including evolutionary aspects. It deals with basal general and evolutinary-ecological themes in frame of the tropical ecosystems overview, its production features and problems of antropogenous influences and tropical biodiversity conservation.
After passing the course, students will be able to understand and explain basal factors enabling differentiation of tropical vegetation, structure and functioning of tropical ecosystems (i.e. distribution, characteristic, ecology, fenology, regional differencies, productivity, significant taxa, adaptation of plants and animals, threats). Moreover, stduents will have general knowledge about biogeographical relations of particular tropical regions, about basal taxa of tropical organisms and will be able to explain the main problems of biodiversity conservation in tropics.
Students of master degree who successfully passed the exams of Plant Ecology and Animal ecology.
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Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Written exam, Seminar Work

Seminary thesis (each written by two students) and its presentation; at least 60% of successfully answered question in the written exam.
Recommended literature
  • Corlett R. & Primack R. Tropical Rain Forests: An Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison, Second Edition. 2011, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing..
  • Ghazoul J. & Sheil D. J. Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation. 2010, Oxford University Press..
  • Kricher J. Tropical Ecology. 2011, Princeton University Press.
  • Lomolino M. V., Riddle B. R. & Brown J. H. Biogeography. 3rd ed. 2005. Sinauer, Sunderland..
  • Morley R. J. Origin and Evolution of Tropical Rain Forests. 2006, John Wiley & Sons, London..
  • Osborne P. J. Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts. 2000, Cambridge Univ. Press., Cambridge..
  • Whitmore T. C. An introduction to tropical rain forests. 2nd ed. 2003, Oxford University Press, Oxford..

Study plans that include the course
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