Universität Wien

280170 VU MA-ERD-W-1.1 Historical ecology of molluscan assemblages (PI) (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German



max 16 participants
Language: English


Aims, contents and method of the course

The student will learn about the use of molluscs and their shells in reconstructing the recent history of marine ecosystems with a particular focus on the use of death assemblages and museum collections. The lectures include theoretical concepts on taphonomy and paleoecology functional to historical ecology as well as data analysis in R.

Assessment and permitted materials

The evaluation includes the assessment of proficiency during the course as well as a written report at the end.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Course slides and recommended scientific literature.

Reading list

Kidwell SM (2013) Time-averaging and fidelity of modern death assemblages: building a taphonomic foundation for conservation palaeobiology. Palaeontology 56: 487–522. https://doi.org/10.1111/pala.12042
Kidwell SM (2015) Biology in the Anthropocene: Challenges and insights from young fossil records. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 4922–4929. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1403660112
Dietl GP, Kidwell SM, Brenner M, Burney DA, Flessa KW, Jackson ST, Koch PL (2015) Conservation paleobiology: Leveraging knowledge of the past to inform conservation and restoration. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 43: 79–103. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-earth-040610-133349

Association in the course directory

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