Universität Wien

300138 UE Assessing plant diversity in the field - Botanical Excursions in Eastern Austria (2017S)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 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: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday, 28. April 2017: Bisamberg

Meeting point: Langenzersdorf, at the arrival of the train S 4 (Schnellbahn) to Stockerau at 8.27 (departure from Wien Meidling at 7.51, from Wien Mitte at 8.05).
Attention: The Vienna street car tickets are only valid to Strebersdorf (VOR-Zone 1). For the continuation to Langenzersdorf one has to buy and mark an additional ÖBB- or VOR ticket already from the departure station.
Pannonian dry grasslands and forests on Flysch and loess in the submontane zone
The restaurant on Bisamberg is closed, so don’t forget food & beverages!
This excursion does not end in Langenzersdorf but in Stammersdorf (Vienna XXI), at the street car 31 station!
Equipment: magnifying loupe, writing tools, appropriate clothes (most likely it will be quite cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon), and perhaps plastic bags and photo camera.)

Excursion dates 2017
Sa., 13. Mai: Kalk-Wienerwald: Rodaun - Perchtoldsdorf (Vienna Wood, vegetation on limestone and dolomite)
Sa., 20. Mai: Hainburger Berge (Kleine Karpaten): Bad Deutsch-Altenburg - Hainburg (Pannonian xerothermic vegetation on limestone)
Fr., 9. Juni: Flysch-Wienerwald: Breitenfurt - Laab im Walde (Vienna Wood: meadows and forests on Flysch)
So., 25. Juni - Mo., 26. Juni: nordöstl. Zentralalpen (Stuhleck ) + nordöstl. Kalkalpen (Schneealpe)
(Northeastern Alps: vegetation of the montane to alpine zone on limestone and
silicious substrates)
Fr., 6. Okt.: Seewinkel + Kalvarienberg/Neusiedl + Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen + Schwadorfer Holz (Neusiedler See region: Pannonian forests, dry and wet grasslands, halophytic vegetation)

Thursday 02.03. 18:00 - 19:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

By means of field observations this series of excursions introduces into the main features of flora and vegetation of eastern Austria. The spectrum of viewpoints includes floristics, systematics, evolution, adaptation and autecology, plant communities, relationships between habitat-differentiation and plant cover, biogeography, human impact on plant cover, and issues of species, habitat and landscape conservation. Basic botanical knowledge is expected). It is recommended to participate simultaneously to the course (lecture series) "Flora and Vegetation of Central Europe", which offers the theoretical aspects for the excursion series.

Assessment and permitted materials

Short tests at the end of seven excursions, 8 points each; using the minutes is allowed.
Minimum requirement for positive credit: 29 points.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The participants learn about the most important vegetation types and characteristic plant species at different altitudinal levels and conditioned by abiotic habitat factors in NE Austria. They understand the evolution of flora and vegetation as results of spatial and temporal developments as well as anthropogenic influences.

Examination topics

Contents of teaching worked on and discussed during the field course.

Reading list

Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol (M. A. Fischer & al.)

Association in the course directory

MBO 5, MEC-9

Last modified: Sa 26.02.2022 00:27