546-0495/03 – Engineering Ecology (IEK)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits4
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Barbara Stalmachová, CSc.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Barbara Stalmachová, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesMaster, Follow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
STA35 doc. Ing. Barbara Stalmachová, CSc.
KRE71 Ing. Hana Švehláková, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 8+8

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Engineering Ecology disseminates till now obtained knowledge (in the bachelor study). Students must know and understand ecological processes in ecosystems and their components.The study of Ecology will be linked with ecological physiology, evolutionary ecology and biosystematics. Applications and argumentations. Determination of CR flora.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs
Terrain work


Production ecology. Principles and processes of photosynthesis. Plant and environment. Fitness. Autecology and synecology. Human ecology.

Compulsory literature:

BEGON M.,HARPER J.L.,TOWNSEND C.R.: Ecology -individuals, populations and commnunities. Blackwell Scien. Publ., 2006. BROWER J., VON ENDE C.N. Field and laboratory methods for general ecology. McGraw-Hill. 2010. PARDO S., PARDO M. Statistical Methods for Field and Laboratory Studies in Behavioral Ecology. Chapman & Hall/CRC Applied Environmental Statistics. 2018. SMITH R.L., SMITH T.M. Elements of Ecology. Pearson. 2015.

Recommended literature:

LARCHER, W. Physiological plant ecology. Berlin: Springer, 2003 KREBS C.J. Ecological Methodology. 2nd Edition. Addison Wesley Longman, Menlo Park etc. 1999. RICKLEFS R. Ecology: The Economy of Nature. WH Freeman. 2018. GLIESSMAN S.R. Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems. CRC Press. 2015.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Credit and Exam examination papers, semetral paper, determination of Flora CR


Other requirements

The elaboration of Semester paper and its presentation.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Ecosystem, definition, components, properties, changes over time; basic concepts and examples. Food links, trophic chains and networks, regulation. 2. Cycles of substances, biogeochemical cycles, methods of studying the balance of mineral nutrients and their cycle in the ecosystem. Nutrient recovery in ecosystems, the key role of decomposition. Energy flows, ecosystem productivity, information transfer, regulation. 3. Ecosystem dynamics, ecosystem activity. Limiting factors, minimum and tolerance laws, ecological niche. 4. Radiation - modification of solar radiation, adaptation of plants to radiation, heat balance, plant temperatures, adaptation of plants to temperature, methods of studying abiotic components of the ecosystem - radiation, temperature, air humidity, precipitation, heat balance. 5. Atmosphere, pollution, effects of pollution on plants and communities. 6. Hydrological cycle, small and large water cycle, consequences of cycle disturbance by deforestation, regulation of flows and influence of dam bodies. Nutrient balance in aquatic communities, cycle of C, N, S, P, Fe, Mn in the aquatic environment, importance of aerobic and anaerobic processes 7. Pedosphere - importance of plants for soil formation, influence of relief on soil formation, dependence of plants on soil chemistry, principles of soil research, physical factors, chemical factors, foreign and harmful substances in soil. 8. Community structure: communities and their components; relative abundance; food webs; community arrangement; ecotone; competition and its influence on the development of the structure of communities; planar dynamics; saturated vs. unsaturated communities. Metasociety. 9. Development of communities; types and models of succession; primary vs. secondary succession, causes, structural and energetic changes during succession; climax; convergence/divergence of communities; coevolution, community structure, ecological pyramids, trophic levels 10. Species diversity vs. diversity; environmental heterogeneity; alpha-, (beta-), gamma- diversity; diversity and production, competition and environmental variability, disturbance; "species-area" dependence; Rapoport's rule, theory of island biogeography; island phenomena. 11. Bioindication, biomonitoring, phenology. Principles of biodiagnosis, bioindication, ecological monitoring, methods of bioindication, methods of ecotoxicology. 12. Man and the environment. Climatic adaptation - influence of air temperature and humidity, air composition and radiation. Cultural aspects of climate adaptation. Man and biotic environmental factors. Ecopathology. Health risks in developed countries. 13. Classification of ecosystems with human participation. Types of ecosystems, forms of management, energy aspects of human ecosystems. Problems of urbanization. Synanthropization and synurbanization of plants and animals. Ecosystem services.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2022/2023 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 33  17
        Examination Examination 67  34 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Credit - written test: Application of knowledge of ecology in practical problems. Determination of the flora of the Czech Republic. Exam - written exam, answers to 2 questions from the 25 exam questions. Knowledge of 10 technical terms - written test.

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: Compensation for mandatory participation in the ISP will be handled in the form of individual professional consultations. Credit is awarded on the basis of a completed semester project. The course is completed by written and oral examination.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2024/2025 (N0724A290012) Environmental Protection within Industry OBI P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2024/2025 (N0724A290012) Environmental Protection within Industry OBI K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2023/2024 (N0724A290012) Environmental Protection within Industry OBI P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2023/2024 (N0724A290012) Environmental Protection within Industry OBI K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (N0724A290012) Environmental Protection within Industry OBI P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (N0724A290012) Environmental Protection within Industry OBI K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner

Assessment of instruction

2023/2024 Winter