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Practicum of Ecomorphology and evolutionary ecology - MB170P117
Title: Praktikum z ekomorfologie a evoluční ekologie
Czech title: Praktikum z ekomorfologie a evoluční ekologie
Guaranteed by: Department of Zoology (31-170)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2020 to 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 1
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2, C [DS]
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.
RNDr. Petra Frýdlová, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): RNDr. Petra Frýdlová, Ph.D.
prof. RNDr. Daniel Frynta, Ph.D.
RNDr. Eva Landová, Ph.D.
Annotation -
Last update: RNDr. Petra Frýdlová, Ph.D. (04.01.2023)
This course deals with particular model exercises from evolutionary ecology. Students become acquainted with
application of basic morphometric, statistic and phylogenetic methods, which are traditionally used in
ecomorphology. The demonstration of the basic ecomorphological adaptations in zoological collections will be
supplemented with the solving of the specific model problems using real datasets.
The aim of the course is to inform students of intrataxonomic diversification of shapes and sizes in selected groups
of animals and their ecomorphological and phylogentical interpretation.
Requirements to the exam -
Last update: RNDr. Petra Frýdlová, Ph.D. (20.02.2017)

Short homeworks and the presence on the courses are required.

Syllabus -
Last update: RNDr. Petra Frýdlová, Ph.D. (04.01.2023)
  1. Analysis of body size and body shape on the model species of leopard gecko. Application of various growth models (Statistica). 
  2. The second task is focused on the comparison of geometric (tpsUTIL, tpsDIG, CoordGen, TMorphGen, BigFix, PCAGenCVAGen, TwoGroup, MorphoJ) and linear morphometry. 
  3. Effect of phylogeny on biological data. Familiarization with Mesquite, which is meant for phylogenetic analysis, creation of cladograms, phylogenetic corrections of quantitative data, reconstruction of ancestral states and Felsenstein's independent contrasts. Comparison with other phylogenetic programs (Compare, R Ape package)
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