Course: Introduction to Polar Ecology

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Course title Introduction to Polar Ecology
Course code KBO/325
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Elster Josef, doc. Ing. CSc.
  • Šabacká Marie, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Kociánová Milena, RNDr.
  • Vaněk Jan, Mgr.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1) Lecture content, organization issues. History of polar science. Recommended literature. 2) Origin and evolution of polar ecosystem. 3) Glacial and interglacial period's exchanges. 4) Comparison of the Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems. 5) Climatic parameters of polar regions. 6) Polar marine ecosystem. 7) Soil and freshwater ecosystem 8) Polar cryptogams 9) Polar vascular plants 10) Polar animals. 11) Sensitivity of polar ecosystem and its international protection. 12) Polar science and its organization. Domestic people in the Arctic. Content of practicals: Three days field excursion to Krkonoše National Park under supervision of experienced and skilled researchers RNDr. Milena Kociánová and RNDr. Jan Váňa. Excursion will bring the chance to visit Arkto-Alpine tundra in Krkonoše with special interest in cryoturbation geomorphology and glacial remnants introduction.

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • unspecified - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Introduction to Polar Ecology brings information about ecological functioning, biological and environmental diversity and adaptations of organisms to polar environment. It covers all main scientific topics related to polar science.
Bachelor and master students can apply for polar ecology course. They are already familiar with basic biological and ecological principles.
Students applaying for polar ecology has to have interest in natural science and ecology. They have to be interested in learning of global ecology including extremes related with polar regions and their historical-political development. Present global warming and their global impacts are related with development of civilisation on our planet and all consequences of these proceses are urgent tast for science.

Assessment methods and criteria
Course is organised every academy year.
Recommended literature
  • Aleksandrova VD (1988) The Arctic and Antarctic: their division into geobotanical areas. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge..
  • Avila-Jimenez ML et al. (2010) Overwintering of terrestrial Arctic arthropods: the fauna of Svalbard now and in the future. Polar Research 29: 127-137..
  • Beyer L. and Boelter M. (eds.) (2002) GeoEcology of Terrestrial Oases Ecological Studies, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg..
  • Callaghan TV et al. (2005) Arctic Tundra and Polar Desert Ecosystems 243 - 353. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. Cambridge University Press pp. 1039..
  • Campbell B, Claridge GGC (1987) Antarctica: soils, weathering processes and environment. Cambridge..
  • Captus University Press. Toronto. 268 pp..
  • Elverland E. (2008) The Arctic System. Norvegian Polar Institute, 203 pp..
  • Evans DJA and Benn DI (2004) A Practical Guide to the Study of Glacial Sediments. 266 p.,.
  • Fogg GE (1998) The biology of polar habitats. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Friedmann EI (ed.) (1993) Antarctic microbiology. Wiley-Liss, NewYork.
  • Fuller B, Lane N. and Benson EE (eds.) (2004) Life In The Frozen State. Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 111- 149..
  • Chapin, S.F. Jefferies, R.L. Raynolds J. Shaver, G.R and Svoboda J. (1992) Climatic Change and Arctic Ecosystem Response. The role of Ecophysiology. Academic Press 469 pp..
  • Last WM et al. (2001) Tracking Environmental Change Using Lake Sediments. Volume 3: Terrestrial, Algal, and Siliceous Indicators..
  • Last WM. Et al. (2001) Tracking Environmental Change Using Lake Sediments. Volume 4: Zoological Indicators..
  • Pielou EC (1994) Naturalists guide to the Arctic. The University of Chicago Press (Google books).
  • Singh P. (2001) Snow and Glacier Hydrology, Springer, 756 s..
  • Svoboda, J. and Freedman, B. (1994) Ecology of a polar oasis, Alexandra Fiord..
  • Tedrow JCF (1977) Soils of the polar landscapes. Rutgers University Press, New.
  • Vincent WF, Laybourn-Parry J. (eds.) (2008) Polar Lakes and Rivers: Limnology of Arctic and Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems. Oxford University Press..
  • Vincent WF (1988) Microbial ecosystem of Antarctica. Cambridge University Press,.

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