Universität Wien FIND

300233 PP Habitat use, feeding ecology and behavior of waterbirds in winter (2020W)

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. 6 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The preliminary meeting will be on 1st October 2020 at 09:00 in the lecture hall at Rennweg 14. Fieldwork will be conducted on ca. 10 days between mid-November and mid-December 2020. The exact dates for the fieldwork will be fixed together with the course participants at the preliminary meeting. When setting dates, other courses can be taken into account relatively flexibly. Appointments for the subsequent data analysis will be made individually with the supervisor.

Thursday 01.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Wednesday 14.10. 17:00 - 19:00 Übungsraum 1 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Projects carried out as part of this course will address a wide range of different aspects of the ecology of waterbirds. Hence, addressed questions can focus topics such as feeding ecology, habitat use and behavior of e.g. ducks and geese, herons, and gulls. The individual projects are developed together with the course participants. Depending on the individual research projects, fieldwork will be carried out at different locations (e.g. Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park, Donau-Auen National Park, Marchauen or Vienna). For projects that require fieldwork in areas such as Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park, travel and/or accommodation costs of a maximum of 300 Euros may be incurred.

Assessment and permitted materials

(1) The results of all research projects have to be presented in a seminar (contribution to final mark: 1/3). (2) A written report (= Bachelor thesis) has to be submitted after the end of the course (contribution to final mark: 2/3).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In addition to a total average grade of 4, the participation in all fieldwork days (maximum 1 day of absence possible) will be necessary for a successful completion of the course.

Examination topics

The results of the individual small research projects will be presented in form of a seminar talk (approx. 15 min.). The content and structure of the presentation will be used for the evaluation. Furthermore, the written scientific manuscript will be used for the evaluation. Particular attention will be paid on: (1) a clear development of the research questions / hypotheses in the introduction section, (2) a comprehensible description of the methodological approach, (3) a clear presentation of the results, (4) as well as the adequate discussion of these results, considering relevant literature.

Reading list

Will be provided at the preliminary meeting.

Association in the course directory

BOE 13, BZO 13

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