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Sociobiology and behavioral ecology II - MB170P0B1
Title: Sociobiologie a behaviorální ekologie II
Czech title: Sociobiologie a behaviorální ekologie II
Guaranteed by: Department of Zoology (31-170)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2018 to 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0, C+Ex [HT]
Extent per academic year: 3 [days]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: 8
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: prof. RNDr. Daniel Frynta, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): prof. RNDr. Daniel Frynta, Ph.D.
Mgr. Alexis Karadžos
RNDr. Eva Landová, Ph.D.
Incompatibility : MB170P0B, MB170P00B
Annotation -
Last update: prof. RNDr. Daniel Frynta, Ph.D. (05.10.2023)
Please note, the lectures are given in Czech language. English version of the course can be requested in advance
if there are at least 3 students. History and basic ideas of sociobiology; genetics of behaviours; advantages od
sociality, reciprocal altruism and co-operation; kin altruism, helpers, family; individual and kin recognition, origin of
eusociality: Hymenoptera, termites, other insects, mammals; infanticide; parental conflict; siblicide; brood
parasitism; communication, honest signals; territoriality and its consequences; mating systems - monogamy,
polyandry, polygyny, lek, promiscuity, reproductive systems in insects, ungulates, rodents, carnivores; foraging and
feeding behaviour; learning and evolution.
The lecture is supplemented by a three-day field trip to the zoo in Dvůr Králové nad Labem (financial participation of students required - entrance fee, travel and accommodation).
Literature -
Last update: Ing. Jindřiška Peterková (20.04.2018)

Krebs J.R. & Davies N.B., 1993: An introduction to behavioural ecology. Third edition. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications, 420 pp.

Krebs J.R. & Davies N.B. (eds), 1997: Behavioural ecology. Fourth edition. Blackwell Sciencee Ltd., 456 pp.

Wilson E.O. 1975: Sociobiology - The New Synthesis, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 900 pp.

Trivers R. 1985: Social evolution. Menlo Park: Benjamin Cummings, 462 pp.

Estes R.D. 1992: The behavior guide to African mammals.

Berkley: University of California Press, 611 pp.

Requirements to the exam - Czech
Last update: Ing. Jindřiška Peterková (20.04.2018)

Zkouška je ústní a velmi podrobná. Předmětem zkoušky je vše, co bylo odpřednášeno behem přednášky, jakož i obsah doplňkové četby z oboru, kterou si studenti mohou zvolit dle pokynů vyučujících. Zkouška prověřuje jak přímo znalosti, tak i schopnost pochopit souvislosti (k tomu jsou ovšem potřeba elementární znalosti zoologie, ekologie a evoluční biologie a dalších biologických oborů získané předchozím studiem).

Syllabus -
Last update: Ing. Jindřiška Peterková (20.04.2018)

1. Behavioural ecology of fishes I.

2. Behavioural ecology of fishes II. Poecilia reticulata

3. Mating systems and parental care in reptiles

4. Reproductive systems and life-history in birds

5. Sociobiology of tropical birds

6. Social partnership, divorce and monogamy in birds

7. Polygyny in Agelaius phoeniceus

8. Female dominance, competition and mating systems in hyenas

Crocuta crocuta, Hyaena hyaena, H.brunnea

9. Social systems of canids

10. Cooperation in wild dog Lycaon pictus

11. Social organisation of lions Panthera leo and other cats

12. Reproductive systems of ungulates I.

13. Reproductive systems of ungulates II.

14. Reproductive systems of rodents I.

Muridae sensu lato: house mouse, Norway rat, wood mice, voles, gerbils, hamsters, etc

15. Reproductive systems of rodents II.

Other rodent taxa

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