This course aims to provide students with knowledge needed to observe, analyse and explain ecology, biology, diversity and behaviour of different molluscs and freshwater crayfish so they could apply it in Biology teaching and make teaching units more interesting and attractive to pupils.
2. Introduction into malacology. History of molluscs research.
3.-4. Comparative morphology, anatomy and physiology of molluscs
5. Ecology and biogeography oh molluscs.
6. Molluscs behaviour. Diseases of molluscs.
7. Molluscs farming methods. Man's uses of molluscs.
8. Invasive species of molluscs. Protected and threatened species of molluscs in Croatia.
9. Introduction into astacology (history of crayfish research, crayfish diversity)
10.-11. Infraorder Astacidea systematics (morphological and anatomical features of families Astacidae, Cambardae, Parastacidae; similarities with other crustacean)
12. Biology of family Astacidae
13. Ecology of family Astacidae
14. Diseaseas, epibionts and invasive crayfish
15. Freshwater crayfish of Europe - vulnarebility and protection
Practical lessons include two field trips and laboratory analyses of samples and data from the field.
1.-7. Field trip and lab work - malacology
8.- 14. Field trip and lab work - astacology
15. Preparation of biology lessons and/or pupils' research projects based on field work experience