Field of studyHydrobiology

Single-subject study
Type of studydoctoral
Language of instruction
Standard length of studies4,0 years
Accrediteduntil 31. 5. 2020
Field of study code1501V004
Degree programme codeP1527
Offered byFaculty of Science

The hydrobiology department in Brno focuses on the ecology of flowing waters including smaller standing floodplain waters. Students focus on research on the natural and anthropic environmental influences on populations, and on changes in the species and trophic structure of communities, their distribution, density, and reproduction. The main research program deals with the biology and ecology of populations of water invertebrates (species traits, life cycle, survival strategies). Control objects for research are populations of species from the orders Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera, and in recent years Cladocera, Copepoda a Ostracoda. Another long-term program is study of environmental parameters (patterns of currrent in watercourses, riverbed geomorphology, sediment, ecosystem types and human influences such as regulation of water flows, engineering works and their operations, pollution, acidification, etc.) on the populations and communities of water organisms. In recent years we have added study of trophic relations including construction of models of trophic networks and energy flows. Model subjects are algaes and slimes and bottom-dwelling invertebrates (micro-, meio-, and macrozoobentos) that fall within the required parameters. The study of biodiversity is an integral part of research. Research is directed toward understanding the importance of environmental changes in the areas under study, the use of these observations for evaluating the condition of the river ecosystem, and managed conservation and use of water courses; revitalization projects; and for ecologically sustainable management of natural ecosystems. Secondary substances and energy inputs into the ecosystem are evaluated with the goal of either limiting them, or strengthening the ecological relations in the system as close as possible to the optimum degree. Observations from research on biodiversity include check lists of water invertebrates in major and minor habitats, accompanied by basic biological and ecological descriptions of species.

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