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300148 PP Dispersal and Drift of early stages of fishes (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: German, English



prelaminary talk on March 1st, 11:00 - 12:00 am
Seminar Room Division Limnology Ebene 3 Spange 4 UZA I


Aims, contents and method of the course

Specific topics about habitat selection, abundance and distribution, diversity and life history strategies of fish are discussed and practically implemented. The course is subdivided in three parts. The first theoretical part includes the reading, presentation and discussion of selected examples from the literature, as well as the discussion, planning and creation of a sampling design. Additionally the design of a protocoll sheet for the field work and for the computer-based data analyses and interpretation will be created. The practical part consists of field sampling trips (especially in the free-flowing Danube). The third part deals with the data analyses and writing of a report according to the style of international journals.

Assessment and permitted materials

collaboration, data analysis and interpretation, oral presentation of results, written project report

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Application of different fishing methods, data analysis, interpretation and presentation of results with emphasis of fish ecology in Large Rivers.

Examination topics

Measurement of physical environmental factors, drift-sampling and boat-electro fishing in the free-flowing Danube east of Vienna.

Reading list

Methods for Fish Biology. B. Schreck and Peter B. Moyle (Edts.). American Fisheries Society Bethesda, Maryland, USA. ]990.

Behavioural Ecology of Teleost Fishes. Jean-Guy J. Godin (ed.) Oxford University Press. 1997.

Fish, flows and flood plains: links between freshwater fishes and their
environment in the Murray-Darling River system, Australia. Paul Humphries , Alison J. King & John D. Koehn. Environmental Biology of Fishes 56: 129–151, 1999.

Spawning time and early life history of Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii
peelii (Mitchell) in an Australian river. Paul Humphries. Environmental Biology of Fishes (2005) 72: 393–407.


Spatial distribution of drifting cyprinid fishes in a shallow lowland river. Martin Reichard, Pavel Jurajda and Garl Smith. Arch. Hydrobiol. 159/ 3/ 395-407. 2004.

Schiemer, F., Guti, G., Keckeis, H. & Staras, M. 2004.
Ecological status and problems of the Danube River and its fish Fauna: a review. In: Welcomme, R.L. & Petr, T., eds. Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on the Management of Large Rivers for Fisheries, Vol. I. Bangkok, Thailand: FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, pp.273–300.

Lechner, A, Keckeis, H., Schludermann, E., Humphries, P., McCasker, N., Tritthart, M. 2013. Hydraulic forces impact larval fish drift in the free flowing section of a large European river. Ecohydrology. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1386.

Lechner, A., Keckeis, H.,Schludermann, S., Loisl, F., Humphries, P.,Glas, M., Tritthart, M. and H. Habersack. 2013. Shoreline configurations affect dispersal patterns of fish larvae in a large river. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2013) doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fst139 .

Association in the course directory

B-BOE 12, B-BOE 13, B-BZO 12, B-BZO 13, BOE 12, BOE 13, BZO 12, BZO 13

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