Universität Wien FIND

300020 UE Microscopical course on freshwater algae (2017S)

Microscopical course on freshwater algae in lakes aimed at EC Water Framework Directive

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
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).


max. 20 participants
Language: German



at the first course date, on 1 March 2017 10-11 am, at course room 6 (Übungsraum 6, Ü6), we will meet to fix dates that are most convenient for students who are interest in this algal course


Aims, contents and method of the course

The algae studied in this course are common freshwater species of lakes in Austria. The course gives a brief introduction into the main taxonomic groups of phytoplankton species, the quantitative analysis by Utermöhl technique and the evaluation of community structure according to the EU Water Framework Directive. Key-reference species of each taxonomic algal group will be studied by light-microscopy. Further we will determine the biovolume of phytoplankton of a lake sample aimed at estimating phytoplankton biomass. These quantitative results describing the phytoplankton composition will be used to evaluate the community structure by statistical tools of the Water Framework Directive. Instructions for the simple construction of counting chambers allowing a quantitative analysis are given. The course is an addition to the detailed ‘algal summer course and introduction to aquatic microcosms’ (“300165 PP Algen - eine Einführung in den Mikrokosmos“) lectured by Prof. M. Schagerl.
Further information for studying Limnology within the master's programme "Ecology and Ecosystems" can be obtained from: http://limbo.univie.ac.at/LimboMsc.htm

Assessment and permitted materials

written examination

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory


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