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300093 PP Dry grassland habitats species, populations, conservation, and management (2016S)

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

Preparatory meeting on March 4th, 2016 with obligatory presence.
Expensis for transportation and B&B Wachau, 20.-21.5.2016, approx. 50 EUR.



max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Course dates usually on Friday (Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, Rennweg 14, 1030 Wien): preparatory meeting and general introduction on 4.3. (from 09.00-11.00); introduction to habitats, species, populations, and reproduction biology on 11.3. and 18.3. (from 09.00-12.00), data analysis, demos and presentation of findings on 10.6. (14-18h), 17.6. and 24.6. (09.00-12.00), further dates in the field tentatively on 1.4., 15.4., 22.4., 6.5., 20.5., 21.5., 27.5., and 03.6. (all-day)

Friday 04.03. 09:00 - 11:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Friday 10.06. 14:00 - 18:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course demonstrates dry grassland habitats and its species in the Pannonian Region of Eastern Austria examplified for threatened vascular plants (at the species and population level). Typical species, their strategies and their habitats are presented during field work, exercising methods for species inventories and monitoring. Current concepts and methods of plant population, reproduction biology and vegetation ecology are discussed in the context of grazing management and conservation measures of dry grassland systems.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation in field work including a concise presentation of findings (40%) and final report (60%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students acquire fundamental knowledge of Pannonian dry grasslands regarding plant species and populations as well as their functional strategies. Specific methods of vegetation ecology and plant population dynamics will enable them to identify protection targets and define measures for conservation of species (communities) and populations.

Examination topics

Basic and advanced methods of inventory and monitoring of species and populations will be presented. Studies on population and vegetation structure, regional dynamics and mating systems of selected plant species will be conducted during field work. Statistical analysis regarding plant populations and species assemblages will be used for evaluating management measures.

Reading list

Mucina L., Grabherr G. & Ellmauer T. 1993. Die Pflanzengesellschaften Österreichs. Teil I: Anthropogene Vegetation. - Jena, G. Fischer.
Ellenberg, H. & Leuschner, Ch. 2010. Vegetation Mitteleuropas mit den Alpen, 6. Aufl. Ulmer UTB.
Silvertown J.W. & Charlesworth D. 2001. Introduction to plant population biology. 4th ed. - Oxford, Blackwell Sci.
Sutherland W.J. 2006 Ecological Census Techniques, 2nd ed. - Cambridge University Press.
Fischer M.A., Oswald K. & Adler W. 2008. Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol. 3. Auflage. Linz, Biologiezentrum OÖ Landesmuseum.
Berger R. & Ehrendorfer F. 2011. Ökosystem Wien. Die Naturgeschichte einer Stadt. Wien, Böhlau.

Association in the course directory

B-BOE 12, B-BOE 13, B-BPF 9, B-BPF 10, BBO 9, BBO 10, BOE 12, BOE 13

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