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Evolutionary and Physiological Animal Ecology

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Kod przedmiotu: WB.INS-7 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: (brak danych) / (0511) Biologia
Nazwa przedmiotu: Evolutionary and Physiological Animal Ecology
Jednostka: Instytut Nauk o Środowisku
Grupy: Ecology and evolution, 1st year - optional: Behavioural Ecol. or Evol. and Physiol. Animal Ecol.
Ecology and evolution: obligatory courses for the first year of study
Kursy w języku angielskim dla studentów programu Erasmus+ (Wydział Biologii)
Punkty ECTS i inne: 4.00
Język prowadzenia: angielski

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2018/2019" (jeszcze nie rozpoczęty)

Okres: 2019-02-23 - 2019-06-14

Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Ćwiczenia, 30 godzin więcej informacji
Konwersatorium, 10 godzin więcej informacji
Wykład, 20 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Paulina Kramarz
Prowadzący grup: Paweł Koteja, Paulina Kramarz, Kamila Zając
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Egzamin
Efekty kształcenia:

(tylko po angielsku) Knowledge:


• Know basics of the research program of evolutionary and ecological animal physiology

• Know the diversity of life, with a particular focus on physiological functions of animals

• Understand physiological and evolutionary consequences of animals’ adaptation to environment

• Know physical and chemical principles that shape physiological processes and hypotheses about the evolution of physiological processes;

• Understand the importance of integrating physiology with ecology and behavior, and with cellular and molecular biology

• Know basics of quantitative genetics and methods of experimental evolution as tools for testing hypotheses concerning evolution of physiological adaptations

Practical skills:


• Can make basic physiological measurements under field and lab conditions;

• Can design and carry out simple research projects, including application of quantitative genetics methods and methods of experimental evolution

• Are able to analyze obtained results with proper statistical methods

• Evaluate data and results using critical thinking skills.

• Can present the results of experiments in a form of an oral presentation and a written report.

Social competence:


• Can cooperate with other students for planning, carrying out, analyzing and reporting research projects;

• Understand the need for applying rigorous scientific methodology to research and for skepticism and caution when interpreting the results.

Wymagania wstępne:

(tylko po angielsku) Knowledge of general animal physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology, at least at the BSc. level with biology

Forma i warunki zaliczenia:

(tylko po angielsku) Conditions of passing practical classes and gaining admission to the final exam:

- accepted reports from individual homework;

- accepted group work (research project, report, and presentation);

- >40% points in short tests performed during practical classes.

- the final score for practical classes is pass/fail.

- conditions of passing the final exam:

- >40% points from each of the two parts of the exam;

- weights for calculating the final score:

- individual homework : 15%

- group work: 15%

- score from short tests: 20%

- score from final exam: 50%

- scale of final grade (5 to 2 scale and corresponding A – F scale):

- < 60%: 2.0 (Fail)

- 60 - 66.5%: 3.0 (E)

- 67 - 74.9%: 3.5 (D)

- 75 - 81.5%: 4.0 (C)

- 82 - 89.5%: 4.5 (B)

- ≥90%: 5.0 (A)

Metody sprawdzania i kryteria oceny efektów kształcenia uzyskanych przez studentów:

(tylko po angielsku) - Written exam, evaluation of learned knowledge on the topics presented during the course;

- Evaluation of projects, reports, and presentations: passed – not passed (the projects and reports must meet the required quality level);

- Evaluation of performance of students (evaluate their own and their colleagues’ work during group projects), as a part of their training in critical thinking;

- Short tests performed every week during practical classes (checking theoretical knowledge);

Metody dydaktyczne:

(tylko po angielsku) - Lectures: 2hrs x 10 weeks;

- Practical classes: 4hrs x 8 weeks;

- Seminars: 2hrs x 6 weeks;

- Conversational lectures: 2hrs x 2 weeks;

- Practice of presentations of projects and reports: 3h x 10 weeks;

- Individual work;

- Individual work in small groups (2 - 4 students);

- Individual or small group consultations (instructors will be available for the students at least 1 hour/week).

Bilans punktów ECTS:

(tylko po angielsku) - Participation in lectures: 20 hrs;

- Participation in conversational lectures: 6 hrs;

- Participation in seminars (oral presentations): 4 hrs;

- Participation in practical classes: 30 hrs;

Individual and team work during the semester including:

- preparation of presentation and reports for practical classes: 15 hrs;

- preparation for seminars: 4 hrs;

- Tutorial: 2 hrs;

- Preparation for the final exam: 30 hrs

TOTAL: 111 hrs

Pełny opis:


- Research scope of ecological and evolutionary physiology;

- Concept of organism as a "resource transformer;"

- Physical bases of ecological energetics;

- Animal energy budgets and their limitations;

- Thermal biology of ecto- and endothermic animals;

- Effects of body size (the problem of scaling) on animals metabolism;

- Nutritional ecology and the role of symbionts;

- The model of correlated evolution of behaviour and complex physiological adaptations;

- Evolution of endothermy

- Application of quantitative genetics and methods of experimental evolution (artificial selection, laboratory natural selection) as tools for testing hypotheses concerning evolution of physiological adaptations.

Practical classes and individual work:

- Practice of studying the relation between rate of metabolism, body mass, and ambient temperature in endo- and ectothermic animals;

- Performance in a complete experiment, with the application of food balance, respirometric, calorimetric, and morphometric techniques;

- Statistical data analysis and preparation of reports in the form required for a manuscript submitted to a scientific journal;

- Preparation of oral presentation in the form such as required for scientific meeting.


Required Texts and readings

Angilletta, M.J., Jr. 2009. Thermal Adaptation. A Theoretical and Empirical Synthesis. Oxford University Press.

Chown, S.L. and Nicolson, S. 2004. Insect Physiological Ecology. Mechanisms and Patterns. Oxford University Press.

Piersma, T. and van Gils, J.A. 2010. The Flexible Phenotype. A Body-Centred Integration of Ecology, Physiology, and Behaviour. 2010. Oxford University Press.

Willmer, P., Stone, G., and Johnston, I.R. 2004. Environmental Physiology of Animals. Wiley-Blackwell.

Selected chapters from:

Garland, T., Jr. and Rose, M.R. (eds.) 2009. Experimental Evolution. Concepts, Methods, and Applications of Selection Experiments. University of California Press.

Selected research papers for discussion on seminars (may change between years).

Suggested Readings:

Selected chapters from:

Bicudo, J.E.P.W., Buttemer, A., Chappell, M.A., Pearson, J.T., and Bech C. 2009. Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Birds. Oxford University Press.

Boake, C.R.B. 1994. Quantitative genetic studies of behavioral evolution. University of Chicago Press.

Bradshaw, D. 2003. Vertebrate Ecophysiology: An Introduction to its Principles and Applications. Cambridge University Press.

Brooks, D.R. and McLennan, D. A. 1991. Phylogeny, Ecology, and Behavior. A Research Program in Comparative Biology. University of Chicago Press.

Hill, R.W., Wyse, G.A., and Anderson, M. 2008. Animal Physiology. Sinauer Associates.

Hillman, S.S. , Withers, P.C., Drewes, R.C.; Hillyard, S.D. 2009. Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Amphibians. Oxford University Press.

Karasov, W.H. and del Rio, C..M. 2007. Physiological Ecology: How Animals Process Energy, Nutrients, and Toxins. Princeton University Press.

Lovejoy, T.E.. and Hannah, L. 2006. Climate Change and Biodiversity. Yale University Press.

McNab, B.K.. 2002. The physiological ecology of vertebrates: a view from energetics. Cornell University Press, Ithaca.

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