832335 Wildlife ecology and management of habitats (biotopes)

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Frey-Roos, Alfred , Nopp-Mayr, Ursula
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


WS: legal position of wildlife animals, general demands concerning the habitat, natural and anthropogenic factors, edge-effect and other structural influences, k- and r-selection; historic development of habitats and wildlife populations, "usefulness and uselessness"; population dynamics (inter- and intra-specific competition, predator-prey-interrelations, hunting and persecution, stress, diseases, "disturbances"). Migration as well as immigration and emigration, hibernation strategies, disruption of habitats and populations.

SS: status, habitat demands, behaviour, socio-biology of LAP-relevant wildlife species; examples of interrelations between wildlife populations on the one hand and agriculture and forestry, waterway engineering, traffic routes, power lines and other large-scale constructions projects on the other hand; possibilities of habitat design, planning, wildlife management (national parks, resettlement, settlement of exotic species, forming of habitat networks, possibilities with regad to traffic planning, special care in case of real estate consolidation and meliorations, fire ecology, "ecological pitfalls", legal and political measures).

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students should learn to regard landscape (natural environment and cultivated landscape) as habitats for wildlife species. Understanding ecological interrelations between the demands of the different species and the supplies available is an essential prerequisite for any planning in which wildlife animals are taken into consideration. Students should not only become familiar with basic principles of wildlife ecology (WS) but also with the status of various domestic species and their individual demands. By means of concrete examples, different methods of wildlife and habitat management will be illustrated (SS) so that students are enabled to take larger species of wildlife animals into sufficient consideration when planning and designing landscape.
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