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Paleoecology - MG422P51
Title in English: Paleoekologie
Czech title: Paleoekologie
Guaranteed by: Institute of Geology and Paleontology (31-420)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2006
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:3/1 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Martin Košťák, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): prof. RNDr. Oldřich Fatka, CSc.
doc. RNDr. Katarína Holcová, CSc.
doc. RNDr. Martin Košťák, Ph.D.
doc. RNDr. Petr Kraft, CSc.
RNDr. Jiří Kvaček, CSc.
RNDr. Martin Mazuch, Ph.D.
RNDr. Radek Mikuláš, CSc., DSc.
prof. RNDr. Stanislav Opluštil, Ph.D.
RNDr. Tomáš Přikryl, Ph.D.
doc. RNDr. Jakub Sakala, Ph.D.
Annotation -
Last update: Ing. Radek Trnka, Ph.D. (18.04.2006)
The goal of lectures in palaeoecology is the understanding of basic principles of both biotic and abiotic factors for the marine and land biocycles in the geologic history (betwen Precambrian to Recent). Taphonomic impacts will be discussed in connection with the actuopalaeontologic, ecostratigraphic, palaeoclimatostratigraphic and eventostratigrafic events and principles. Different life strategies will be analysed in individual environments of the marine and freshwater ecosystems within the global biomes of the World.
Literature -
Last update: prof. RNDr. Stanislav Opluštil, Ph.D. (20.05.2012)

Ager, D.V. (1963): Principles of Paleoecology: McGraw-Hill, New York, 371 p.

Boucot, A.J. (1981): Principles of Benthic Marine Paleoecology: Academic Press, New York, 463 p.

Dodd, J.R., and R.J. Stanton Jr. (1990): Paleoecology: Concepts and Applications: John Wiley and Sons, New York, 502 p.

P.J. Brenchley and D.A.T. Harper, (1997): Palaeoecology: Ecosystems, Environments, and Evolution, Stanley Thornes, Ltd., London, 230 p.

Pokorný, V. a kol. (1992): Všeobecná paleontologie. - Univerzita Karlova.

DiMichele, W.A., Blaine C., Montañez, I.P., Falcon-Lang, H.J. (2010).Cyclic changes in Pennsylvanian paleoclimate and effects on floristic dynamics in tropical Pangaea. International Journal of Coal Geology.83, 329-344.

DiMichele, W.A., Kerp, H., Tabor, N.J., Looy, C.V., (2008). Revisiting the so-called

"Paleophytic-Mesophytic" transition in equatorial Pangea: vegetational integrity

and climatic tracking. Palaeogeography, Palaeclimatology, Palaeoecology 268,


DiMichele, W.A., Pfefferkorn, H.W., Phillips, T.L., (1996). Persistence of Late Carboniferous

tropical vegetation during glacially driven climatic and sea-level fluctuations.

Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 125, 105-128.

DiMichele, W.A., Stein, W.E., Bateman, R.M., (2001). Ecological sorting during the

Paleozoic radiation of vascular plant classes. In: Allmon, W.D., Bottjer, D.J. (Eds.),

Evolutionary Paleoecology. Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 285-335.

Requirements to the exam - Czech
Last update: Rudolf Trnka (19.05.2012)

Požadavky: úcast na praktických cvičeních, písemný zkušební test nebo ústní zkouška.

Syllabus -
Last update: prof. RNDr. Stanislav Opluštil, Ph.D. (18.05.2012)

1. Introduction to paleoecology, definitions and principle methods

2. Biosystems and environments

3. Adaptability of organisms to the environments

4. Records of the organism activity

5. Populations

6. Biocenoses

7. Trophic relationships in geological history

8. Marine ecosystems

9. Terrestrial ecosystems

10. Taphonomy

11. Evolution of global ecosystem

12. Paleoecology of selected sedimentary sequences of the Czech Republic

13. Paleoecological reconstructions

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