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300068 UE Diversity of marine zooplankton and the evolution of animal life cycles (2021S)

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 9 participants
Language: German



This is a 2-week, full day block course. It will take place from Tuesday, May 25 until Friday, June 4 in the Berthold-Hatschek Übungsraum (aka Ü8) in the UZA1. Potential participants need to take part in the "Vorbesprechung" which will be held online on March 2nd, 14:00hrs, via the Moodle link available to registered students. Here, the final decision on course participation will be made. If you cannot register but are interested in participating, please send an email inquiry to the course coordinator Andreas Wanninger via andreas.wanninger@univie.ac.at on March 1st to receive an external link.
During the course, please be prepared to adher to all required safety measures as established by the University of Vienna to prevent spreading of the COVID-19 virus. Participants are strongly encouraged to make use of the free COVID-19 testing service at least twice per week.


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course covers various aspects of the life of marine planktonic animals. Key topics addressed will be: What is plankton? What morphological features do planktonic animals show? What are the physical and chemical properties of water and how do these affect life in the water column? Why do animals have larvae? How do larvae and other small animals navigate and orient themselves in water bodies? Specific topics include an introduction to the morphology and diversity of marine larvae, evolutionary aspects of animal life cycles, comparative aspects of the development of marine animals, metamorphosis of larvae, among others.
In the course we will have live plankton samples from the Mediterrannean which will be investigated using compound and stereo microscopes. In addition, we have a large collection of planktonic animals mounted on glass slides that will be used for more detailed analysis. This practical part will be supplemented by videos and lectures.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation during the course, short presentation of a given topic covered in the course

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Positive evaluation of course participation and oral presentation

Examination topics

Topics covered during the course

Reading list

Will be provided during the course

Association in the course directory

BOE 12, BZO 12, MEC-9, MZO 2, MZO W-2

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