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Zoology Field Course

Code: 45079
ECTS: 3.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Ivana Buj
izv. prof. dr. sc. Zoran Marčić
Lecturers: Nikola Renić , mag. educ. biol. et chem. - Field exercises
Take exam: Studomat
English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Field exercises 120
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)

1. Learn the methods for assessing population size.
2. Recognise the vertebrate fauna of Gorski Kotar and understand how to obtain models of their population structures. Learn about the vertebrate fauna of the forests.
3. Learn to develop a research program for vertebrate populations.
4. Use telemetry for monitoring animals.
5. Calculate the diversity index based on independently collected data.

Students will attain fundamental knowledge on how to assess vertebrate population size. Obtaining population parameters and modelling population growth. Knowledge will be attained through the examples:
1. methods of assessing population size, ecological parameters such as growth, mortality, age structure, fecundity, fertility, sex ratio, density dependent growth,
2. methods for sampling amphibians and reptiles
3. methods for assessing population size using line transects and point transects for birds
4. methods to assess mammal population size, and monitoring bats
5. methods to research the populations of owl Strix uralensis by monitoring owl houses (model and population parameters)
6. Model to assess population size using the program RAMAS GIS and Krebs population ecology.
7. Basic principles of monitoring mammals using telemetry
8. Wild game species in Gorski Kotar
9. Applied determination keys for vertebrates
10. Vocal determination of birds (Cramp)
  1. Henzel, H., Fitter, R., Parslow, J. (1996): Ptice Hrvatske i Europe. Collins & Hrvatsko ornitološko društvo, Zagreb (Hrvatski prijevod i prilagodba Radović, J. i sur.), 384 pp
  2. Krebs, C.J. (1998): Ecological Methodology. 2nd edition. Benjamin Cummings, 624 pp
  3. Maitland, P.S. (2000) Hamlyn Guide to Freshwater Fish of Britain and Europe. Hamlyn; 2nd revised edition, 256 pp
  4. Macdonald, D.W., Barrett, P. (1999): Mammals of Britain and Europe (Collins Field Guide). Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 312 pp
  5. Ramas GIS - RAMAS Ecological and Environmental Software
  6. Cramp S (2000): The Complete Birds of the Western Palearctic. Oxford Univ Pr (Sd); CDR edition
2. semester
Mandatory course - Regular module - Zoology
Consultations schedule: