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300120 PP Alps: Diversity, ecology and functional relationships between vascular plants and insects (2017S)

10.00 ECTS (6.00 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 serve).


max. 12 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Preliminary meeting: Thursday, 02/03/2017

The course will consist of one or two additional preparatory meetings during the summer term (to be fixed in the preliminary meeting), two weeks of field work in the Austrian and Italian Alps (09.07.2017 to 22.07.2017), and at least two subsequent meetings reserved for data analysis.

Friday 25.08. 08:00 - 09:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Participants shall learn how to conduct an ecological study in plant and/or insect (community) ecology, including sampling of field data, statistical analysis of the sampled data and writing a research paper. Moreover, the course shall provide an overview on the most important habitat types of the European Alps, their ecology and species compostion, with a focus on the alpine elevational belt (above treeline). The field work will therefore cover a transect from the northern Calcareous Alps through the central silecous and down to the southern calcareous Alps.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Contribution to field work and data analysis (30%)
- Written report (research paper, 60%)
- Final presentation (10%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Successful participants are expected to be able to apply the presented field methods in terrestrial biodiversity surveys, to analyse sampled data by means of (basic) statistical techniques and to present their study in a resarch paper-like report.
At the end of the field work they should also be familiar with the most important habitats in the Alps, and their dominant and characteristic plant and/or insect species.
Fieldwork includes extended hikes on mountain trails or across mountain grasslands and require some physical fitness.

Total net costs per person: c. 750 ¤

Examination topics

Reading list

For a general overview on alpine vegetation see:
Ellenberg, H. (2009) Vegetation Ecology of Central Europe, chapter on vegeation above the alpine treeline
Further reading will be announced during preliminary meetings

Association in the course directory

B-BOE 12, B-BOE 13, B-BPF 9, B-BPF 10, B-BZO 12, B-BZO 13, BOE 12, BOE13, BBO 9, BBO 10, BZO 12, BZO 13

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