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Code: 45085
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Ana Previšić
Lecturers: izv. prof. dr. sc. Ana Previšić - Practicum
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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
Lectures 30
Practicum 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Learning outcomes:
1. Description and understanding of major historical and ecological processes influencing animal diversity and distribution.
2. Explanation of main principles used in division of the Earth into zoogeographic regions.
3. Understanding the importance of interdisciplinary approach and advances in many disciplines (geology, climatology, ecology, molecular systematics, taxonomy and cladistics) in shaping the modern zoogeography.
4. Analyse and interpret the scientific literature and data on distribution of taxa.
5. Evaluation of conservation strategies of taxa and habitats using biogeographic theory.

1. Defining spatial and temporal patterns of global biodiversity and major historical processes (dispersal, extinction and speciation) governing the current distribution of organisms.
2. Importance of ecological interactions (abiotic environment and biotic interactions) in shaping current animal distribution.
3. Methods in zoogeography (synthesis of palaeontology, climatology, geology, molecular systematic and ecology).
5. Phylogeography: foundations, methodology, comparative phylogeography.
6. Island biogeography: main processes, application in conservation.
7. Zoogeography of selected taxa, communities and biomes: birds,
8. Zoogeography of selected taxa, communities and biomes: marine animals.
9. Biogeography of human populations.
10. Biogeography of human parasites.
11. Pleistocene: climate changes and distribution of animals.
12. Distribution of animals in the future: trends and predictions (invasive species, endemics).

1.+2. Comparative zoogeography: ecological radiation of mammals
3. Cladistics: evolution and distribution of elephants
4. Historical biogeography: reconstructing distribution of organisms
5. Biosystematics: phenetics and cladistics
6. Importance of taxonomy and evolutionary theory in biogeography: Caminalcules
7. Island biogeography: application of molecular genetics
8. Island biogeography: colonisation of islands
  1. Cox C. B. & P. D. Moore 2005: Biogeography, An ecological and evolutionary approach. 7th edition, Blackwell Science, Oxford.
  2. Lomolino M.V., Riddle B.R., Whittaker R.J. & J. H. Brown 2010: Biogeography. 4thedition, Sinauer Associates Inc. Publishers, Sunderland, Massachusetts.
  3. Zachos F. E. J.C. Habel (Eds.) 2011: Biodiversity Hotspots: Distribution and Protection of Conservation Priority Areas. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg.
2. semester
Izborni predmeti - Regular module - Zoology
Consultations schedule: