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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Populations and a Population Monitoring


Ecotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Davorin Tome


Goal is to get students acquainted with importance of four population processes that determine dynamic of populations. They will become familiar with modes of their operation, they will understand their dependence on the environmental conditions, the importance of the intraspecies competition and the concept of metapopulations. They will be presented with population paramethers and their use in environmental monitoring, as well as with some pitfalls we must be aware of when designing monitoring.


Survival of populations is based on their power of adaptation to the environment. Due to their extremely similar way of life, individuals of the same species are in constant competition between each other. On the other hand individuals of the same species also totally depends on each other (i.e. need for reproduction!). Tensions in the conflict between competition and cooperation populations stabilize with several different mechanisms on the intraspecies (population) level.
Good understanding of population processes and parameters is essential in design and implementation of population monitoring of environmental changes. In population monitoring we follow changes in animals and plants on a population level (density, fecundity, …). Advantage over other monitorings is, that we can detect changes on all levels, biological, physical or chemical. But only with good knowledge on mechanisms of population dynamic can we distinguish, when different measurements are a consequence of environmental changes and when of intraspecies responses.

Course literature:

-Begon & Harper & Townsend (1996 tretja izdaja): Ecology. Blackwell science, pp. 1068.
-Begon M., M.Mortimer, D.J.Thompson 1996: Population ecology. Blackwell Science; pp: 247.
-Tome D. 2006: Ekologija: organizmi v prostoru in času.TZS strani.: 344.

Significant publications and references:

TOME, Davorin. Nest site selection and predation driven despotic distribution of breeding long-eared owls Asio otus. J. avian biol., 2003, vol. 34, no. 2, str. 150-154, graf. prikazi. [COBISS.SI-ID 301301], [JCR]

TOME, Davorin. Post-fledging survival and dynamics of dispersal in Long-eared Owls Asio otus. Bird study, 2011, vol. 58, no. 2, str. 193-199., doi: 10.1080/00063657.2011.559531. [COBISS.SI-ID 2373455], [JCR]

TOME, Davorin, DENAC, Damijan. Survival and development of predator avoidance in the post-fledging period of the Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) : consequences for conservation measures. J. Ornithol., 2012, vol. 153, no. 1, str. 131-138., doi: 10.1007/s10336-011-0713-2. [COBISS.SI-ID 2387535], [JCR]


- exam
- seminar work

Students obligations:

- exam
- seminar work