Universität Wien

300199 PP Introduction to the fauna and flora of marine habitats (2017S)

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

The lecture "Meereskunde" (Prof. Herndl, 300496) in the winter semester is strongly recommended.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 12 participants
Language: German, English



The preparatory meeting takes place on 02.03.2017 at 12:00 in the COSB seminar room (UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien)
Preparatory lecture: Monday 16.00-18.00, COSB seminar room, starting on 03.04.2017
Course: 03.07.2017-15.07.2017, Rovinj, Croatia


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course takes place during two weeks in Rovinj, Croatia, at the marine station of the Ruder Boscovic Institute, where a diversity of marine habitats is easily accessible.

In a preparatory lecture starting on 3. 4. 2017, Monday 16:00 - 18:00, students obtain basic knowledge in hydrography and ecology of marine mediterranean habitats. They are familiar with the most important organisms, their roles in their ecosystems, and their identification.

In Rovinj, each day is dedicated to various aspects of marine habitats. After an introductory lecture, field work is usually organised in groups examining different aspects of the habitat. The organisms are collected by snorkelling and preliminarily identified in the field. Afternoons are dedicated to specimens identification in the lab. In addition to the marine biological question, morphological and functional issues of these organisms are of importance. The information gathered in the field and the lab is summarized by short oral presentations by the students. The list of habitats and topics treated includes plankton, fishes, the intertidal areas, sublitoral rocky, sandy and mud bottoms, secondary hard bottoms, interstitial fauna, algae and sea grass meadows, and marine caves.
The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the most common and characteristic marine organisms of the various habitats, their ecological significance and their morphological features.

Contribution to bench fees and ship rental: ¤ 50.
Travel and accomodation (individually organised): ¤ 300 - 500

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment of performance is based on active participation, oral presentation, written version of the presentation (protocol), written final exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Maximum of points to be earned: 80, 45 pts are required to pass the course.

Distribution of pts:
protocol: 40; active participation: 10; oral presentation: 15; exam: 15.

00-44 pts: 5
45-53 pts: 4
54-62 pts: 3
63-71 pts: 2
72-80 pts: 1

Examination topics

Contents of the preparatory lecture and the course; recognition and correct naming of the most important organisms.

Reading list

R. Riedl: Fauna und Flora des Mittelmeer

Association in the course directory

BOE 12, BOE 13, BZO 12, BZO 13, BBO 9, BBO 10, UF BU 10, B-BOE 12, B-BOE 13, B-BZO 12, B-BZO 13, B-BPF 9, B-BPF 10

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