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300295 UE Field course "Aquatic habitats" (2014S)

advanced level

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

Vorbesprechung am 5.3.2014 um 14 Uhr im Konferenzraum Ökologie (Biozentrum Althanstraße 14). Block vom 20.7. bis 31.7.2014 im Wassercluster Lunz/See. Teilnahme an der Vorbesprechung trotz elektronischer Anmeldung erforderlich !


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


max. 18 participants
Language: German



Currently no class schedule is known.


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this field course our study objects range from oligotrophic and dystrophic pre-alpine lakes over ponds and pit mosses to running waters and groundwater bodies. Based at at the watercluster Lunz, the limnology of a wide range of water types can be conveniently studied. Introductory lectures provide insight into geology, landscape ecology, abiotic and biotic interactions, measuring and sampling techniques as well as identification of algae, macrophytes, aquatic invertebrates and fish, using identification tables specifically composed for this course. In the lab, samples are analysed and identified and field data (e.g. underwater light data, limnochemical and hydraulic data) processed and discussed.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance control, oral group presentation of project outcomes, finally written exam (2 hours) in October..

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The participants are aware of the most important ecological principles acting in aquatic habitats. Students are able to sample aquatic biota and to acquire physical and chemical field data. Students are trained in using relevant identification keys for aquatic biota and are able to use their bioindication potential. They are also able to perform presentations of their teamwork results.

Examination topics

Introductory lectures (powerpoint presentations), guided field work (mapping, equipment training, data collection) at a multitude of aquatic habitat types in the surroundings of Lunz and guided data analyses in the lab. Handouts are distributed at the start of the course.

Reading list

Lampert, Sommer: Limnoökologie. Thieme-Verlag.
Streble, Krauter: Das Leben im Wassertropfen. Mikroflora und Mikrofauna des Süßwassers. Ein Bestimmungsbuch. Kosmos-Verlag.

Association in the course directory

MOE I-3, MZO W-2, LA-FW, MEC-9

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