Habitats and nature conservation


Earth and Environmental Sciences (2nd level)

Biodiversity, ecology and evolution (2nd Cycle)

Course code: MTB02
Year of study: 2nd year

Course principal:
Assoc. Prof. Urban Šilc, Ph. D.


Workload: lectures 45 hours, seminar 30 hours, tutorial 15 hours, field work 10 hours, individual work 125 hours.
Course type: mandatory
Languages: Slovene, English
Learning and teaching methods: Lectures, seminar, field work, and individual work of a selected investigation and presentation as a seminar work.


Course syllabus (download)


First-cycle Bologna degree or a university degree in the natural sciences.


Content (Syllabus outline):

  • Geographic pattern of distribution (species, higher taxa and communities) and historic reasons
  • Biomes and habitat types
  • Vicariance
  • Dispersion
  • Endemism
  • Extinctions
  • Rarity and endangered species
  • Reasons for biodiversity loss
  • Monitoring
  • Nature conservation ecology tools



  • Woodward S.L. (2003). Biomes of Earth. Greenwood Press.
  • Chapin III F. S., Matson P. A. & Vitousek P. (2011). Principles of terrestrial ecosystem ecology. Springer Science & Business Media, 529 p. (part III, chapter 15)
  • Hurford, C., Schneider, M. (eds.) (2006). Monitoring Nature Conservation: A Practical Guide and Case Studies. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. (part III 37-140, chapter 18, chapter 29)
  • Selected articles from scientific journals


Objectives and competences:

The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the basics of biogeography, mainly with patterns of species and distribution and their communities. Basics of biogeography will be linked to nature conservation principles. Students will learn about practical work in the field of nature conservation and be able to critically interpret the results.


Intended learning outcomes:

Through lectures the students will gain knowledge and understanding about the linkage of biogeography and nature conservation. Students will get familiar with basic characteristics (structure, species composition and distribution) and functions of ecosystems. This knowledge will be connected to threats and nature conservation actions.


Students will get competences in individual collection of data about biodiversity and nature conservation and be able to present them in writing or orally (seminar).



Short written seminar and its presentation (40 %), examination (60 %).


Fundamentals of ecology

Prof. Tanja Pipan, Ph. D. ,


Habitats and nature conservation

Assoc. Prof. Urban Šilc, Ph. D. ,