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300176 UE Diversity and functional attributes of biological communities (2021S)

along enviromental gradients

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. 16 participants
Language: German, English



First meeting: 01/03/2021, 10 - 11.30, online


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will demonstrate the basics of designing and conducting a biodiversity study – developing a testable hypothesis, study design, data collection, 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.
This year topics will focus on issues of island biogeography, especially how size and isolation of islands affect species richness and population size.
Our regional plan was to conduct data collection / field work in the region of the Kornati Islands (Croatia). We would in this case reside on one island and collect data (via boat) at surrounding islands. We would focus on vascular plants, birds and grasshoppers in this case.
If it is not possible to go to Croatia in May the practical will be realized in the surroundings of Vienna. (either by daily excursions or via overnight stays nearer to the sampling sites, depending on the Covid-situation). The main topic will then be dry grassland patches which are habitat islands in the cultural landscape. In this case, work would focus on plants, birds and butterflies.
COSTS: If field work will be conducted in the Croatia, costs will be around 500 – 600 €. If we stay in the surroundings of Vienna, costs will depend on the concrete program, but most probably be lower. Ca. 25% of the costs will probably be refunded from by the University.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation, oral presentation, written report (c. 5 – 10 pages)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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

Examination topics

Reading list

to be announced during the course

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Fr 14.05.2021 11:28