Universität Wien FIND

300176 UE Diversity and functional attributes of biological communities (2023S)

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 served).


max. 16 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Blocked field pratical: 03/05 - 16/05/2023. First meeting: 06/03, 11.00, Dept. Botany and Biodiversity Research, Rennweg 14, Seminar room

Monday 06.03. 11:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will demonstrate the basics of designing and conducting a 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 we will focus on elevational gradients of flora and vegetation. We will collect data in two mountain ranges which differ in mean annual temperature by approximately 3°C, according to the currently most plausible climate change scenario (Appenine of Tuscany, Southern Alps). Each gradient will span elevations between approximately 100 and 2000 m a.s.l. Topics are changes in species composition and diversity along elevation within the two mountain ranges and comparison of elevational niches of common species between the two mountain ranges.

COSTS: Costs for travel and accomodation will be around 600 – 700 €. 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 per team of two)

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

No exam

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: Mo 06.03.2023 13:49