Laboratory of Evaluation and Assessment of Natural Resource

Lectures in English

Lectures in English provided by the laboratory

Wild Animals as Touristic Attraction

Teacher: dr hab. Axel Schwerk, prof. SGGW

Description:

General knowledge: Basic national and international law, basic forms of nature protection in Poland, animal systematic, the role of animals in the shaping of the natural landscape and as indicators of landscape functioning, domesticated animals, animals as element of cultural heritage.
Review of interesting animals/animal groups: e.g. molluscs, cancers, spiders and insects, vertebrates (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals).
Recognizing of animals: by optical appearance, voices, and tracks.
Didactic trails: building of didactic trails in the field as element of nature didactics and their role for tourism and recreation.


Assessment and Evaluation of Natural Resources

Teacher: dr hab. Axel Schwerk, prof. SGGW, dr inż. Izabela Dymitryszyn

Description:

Possibilities to assess and evaluate natural resources by help of ecological methods. The lecture is divided into five parts which deal with different hierarchic levels in ecology (population, ecosystem, landscape) as well as the phenomenon of succession and cultural values.
Population: To a high degree theoretical aspects (e.g. abundance and density, mortality, curves of survival).
Ecosystem: Basic organisation of the most important types of terrestrial as well as aquatic ecosystems.
Succession: How to stimulate or to break successional processes; first aspects of assessment and evaluation will be involved, because different successional stages may be of different value.
Cultural values: The importance and influence of cultural values will be discussed.
Landscape: Assessment and evaluation of landscapes applying the knowledge provided by the first four parts.


Rules of Ecological Engineering

Teacher: dr hab. Axel Schwerk, prof. SGGW

Description:

Possibilities to manage landscapes by help of ecological engineering. This means mainly to understand how to stimulate and how to break the process of succession in ecosystems. The lecture is divided in five parts.
General information: Principles of ecological engineering and the functioning of natural living resources.
Forests: Different methods of stimulation and inhibition of succession in forests; factor of age (stage of succession).
Open areas: Stimulation and inhibition of succession; factor of age.
Lakes: Process of eutrophication with aging of lakes.
Landscape: Co-functioning of the different ecosystems taking into account the different measures of treatment discussed before. Of special interest are rivers and the resource water.