Universität Wien

300295 UE Field course "Biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems" (2018S)

advanced level

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. 15 participants
Language: English



Compulsory preparatory meeting: 5 March, 2018, 10:00 am, Conference room Ecology.
Block course from 12 to 24 August, 2018 at Wassercluster Lunz.


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. Further information for studying Limnology within the master's programme "Ecology and Ecosystems" can be obtained from:

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: Limnoecology. Oxford University Press.

Association in the course directory

MZO W-2, MEC-6, LA-FW, UF BU 10, MBO 7

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