Universität Wien FIND

300244 UE Advanced field course fish ecology (2020S)

6.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Freilandtermin, wird gesondert bekannt gegeben.


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



Die Vorbesprechung findet am 11. März 2020, im Semniarraum der Limnologie, in der 3. Ebene/4.Spange, um 11-12:00, statt.

Der Freillandtemin ist vom 13.Juli-17.Juli 2020, bei der Donau,östlich von Wien.


Aims, contents and method of the course

We plan and conduct a field study in order to demonstrate and investigate effects of environmental factors on the fish assemblage in Rivers. Analysis, Presentation and Interpretation of the data will be conducted in the form of a oral presentation and a written scientific protocol.

Assessment and permitted materials

collaboration, written protocol

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

You learn how to plan and to conduct a field survey based on a empirical approach, you will conduct widely used statistical procedures in order to analyse your data (comparison of sampling sites; assemblage structure), which represents a prerequisite for the interpretation of the results.

Examination topics

Semiquantitative and quantiative sampling methods for fish surveys in rivers (estimation of abundance, biodiversity). Analysis based on pairwise and multivariate parametric as well as non-parametric statistical tests (Excel, R, SPSS, Primer). Tabular and graphical presentation of the results, as well as their interpretation.

Reading list

Schiemer, F., & Waidbacher, H. (1992). Strategies for conservation of a Danubian fish fauna. River conservation and management, 26, 363-382.
Schiemer, F., Guti, G., Keckeis, H., & Staras, M. (2004). Ecological status and problems of the Danube River and its fish fauna: a review.
Minns, C. K., Kelso, J. R., & Randall, R. G. (1996). Detecting the response of fish to habitat alterations in freshwater ecosystems. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 53(S1), 403-414.
Keckeis, H., Schludermann, E., Tritthart, M., Hauer, C., Liedermann, M.
& H. Habersack. 2013. Habitat preference of the sublittoral fish assemblage in a free-flowing section of the Danube River, Austria. Conference Volume 5th Symposium for Research in Protected Areas 10 to 12 June 2013, Mittersill. Pp 353 – 362.
Keckeis, H. (2014). Short-term effects of inshore restoration measures on early stages, benthic species, and the sublittoral fish assemblage in a large river (Danube, Austria). Hydrobiologia, 729(1), 61-76.

Association in the course directory

MEC-9, MZO W-2

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