Universität Wien FIND

300176 UE Diversity and functional attributes of plant and animal communities (2019S)

along an enviromental gradient in the Northern Iran

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



max. 14 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Field data collection: 01/05 - 15/05/2018 in the Alborz and Zagros mountain ranges / Iran
OBLIGATORY first meeting: Friday 01/03, 10.00, Seminarraum Rennweg

Friday 01.03. 10:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Tuesday 25.06. 09:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will demonstrate the basics of designing and conducting a field study on biodiversity-related questions – developing a testable hypothesis, study design, field work, data analysis, oral and written presentation of the study. Work will be conducted in teams of two persons. Each team will work on a specific question. Questions will focus on the relationship between climate, land use and different aspects of biodiversity in the Alborz mountain range, northern Iran. Vascular plants and birds will serve as major model groups.
COSTS: Field work will be conducted in Iran (01/05 - 15/05/2019). Costs of c 1700 € cover flights, all transport in Iran, accommodation and all meals. C. 25% of the costs will probably be refunded from by the University.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation, oral presentation, written report

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course requires active participation in field work, as well as an oral presentation and writing of a final report by each group of two persons. Following guidelines of the Studienkonferenz Biologie the final paper will contribute 60% to the grade, and active partipation and oral presentation 40%.

Examination topics

Reading list

- Michael Zohary, 1973: Geobotanical Foundations of the Middle East. Fischer.
- Jalil Noroozi, The Wild Flowers of Iranian Mountains. 2nd edition.
- Noroozi J, Talebi A, Doostmohammadi M, Rumpf S, Linder P, Schneeweiss G 2018: Hotspots within a global biodiversity hotspot, identified by analysis of areas of endemism, are associated with high mountain ranges. Scientific Reports 8: 10345
- Noroozi J & Körner C (2018) A bioclimatic characterization of high elevation habitats in the Alborz mountains of Iran. Alpine Botany 128: 1-11
- Noroozi J, Hülber K & Willner W (2017) Phytosociological and ecological description of the high alpine vegetation of NW Iran. Phytocoenologia 47: 233-259.
Noroozi J, Akhani H & Breckle SW (2008) Biodiversity and phytogeography of the alpine flora of Iran. Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 493-521.

Association in the course directory

BOE 12, BBO 9, BZO 12, MBO 7, MEC-9

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