Universität Wien

300180 SE Preparation for the UE Ecology & Palaeobiology of coral reefs (Red Sea) (2020S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 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. 100 participants
Language: German, English



Topic introductions will take place on three afternoons in March:
Monday, 09.03.2020 14:00-18:00 in room 2A225, UZAII, Geozentrum
Monday, 16.03.2020 14:00-18:00 in room 2A225, UZAII, Geozentrum
Monday, 23.03.2020 14:00-18:00 in room 2A225, UZAII, Geozentrum

Presentations by students will be held on four afternoons:
Monday, 20.04.2020 14:00-18:00 in room 2A225, UZAII, Geozentrum
Thursday, 23.04.2020 14:00-18:00 in room 2A225, UZAII, Geozentrum
Monday, 27.04.2020 14:00-18:00 in room 2A225, UZAII, Geozentrum
Wednesday, 29.04.2020 14:00-18:00 in Seminarraum Paläontologie "Melchior Neumayr" 2A502 (5.OG), UZA II, Geozentrum


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar aims to give an introduction on ecology and fauna of coral reefs, with special emphasis on the Red Sea region. It will be split into two major parts: three units before the Easter holidays and four units after the Easter holidays.

In the first three units the lecturers will give an overview on the available topics. After a short introduction to coral reef zonation & biology, four major taxa of reef fauna (corals, fish, molluscs and echinoderms) will be treated. The importance of studying the composition of Pleistocene reefs for the evaluation of anthropogenic impacts on modern reefs will be explained. While global patterns will be outlined, the Red Sea region will be of particular interest.

The remaining units will be used for more specialized student presentations on the four major taxa and ecological and paleoecological aspects of coral reefs. Basic literature will be provided. A 20 minute presentation inclusive a 5 minute discussion and a handout are expected.

Active participation in this course is a prerequisite for the field trip to the Egypt in September (300167 UE Ecology & Palaeobiology of coral reefs (Red Sea)). If more than 20 students indicate an interest in attending the fieldtrip (300167), the choice will be based exclusively on the grades of this seminar.
However, participation in the seminar is also possible without an interest in joining the field course in September.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance, active participation during the classes, student presentations, literature and handouts will be assessed. The outcome of the assessments will serve as a basis for the decision who will be allowed to participate in the field trip to Egypt (300167).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance is mandatory
Active participation during other presentations & discussions will account for 20% of the total grade
Student presentations will account for 35% of the grade
Handout will account for 30% of the grade
Literature search (for the presentation and handout) will account for 15% of the grade
ATTENTION: Due to the current Corona situation the 15% for the literature search are now added to active participation and include whether the questionnaire was answered

100-89% “Sehr gut”
88-76% “Gut”
75-63% “Befriedigend”
62-50% “Genügend”
<50% “Nicht Genügend”

Out of the students who are interested in joining the field course (300167), the 20 students with the highest points will be selected.

Examination topics

Coral ecology & biology
Reef ecology
Reef fish ecology & biology
Mollusc - & Echinoderm ecology & biology

Reading list

Association in the course directory

WZB und M-WZB, MEC-9

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