Universität Wien FIND

300295 UE Field course "Biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems" (2020S)

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. 12 participants
Language: English



Preparatory meeting: 03 March 2020, 10:00-11:00 am, seminar room Limnology.
BLOCK: 12 July 2020 - 24 July 2020. Due to covid-19, the course will be held in the lab at Biozentrum Althanstrasse (ÜR7) and as one-day excursions to different types of freshwaters in Lower Austria.


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this field course our study objects range from impoundments and Danubean backwaters over ponds and pit mosses to running waters in the Wienerwald area. Introductory lectures provided as pdfs on moodle and short introductions in the field give 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, group protocol of project outcomes.

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 compose protocols of their teamwork results.

Examination topics

Introductory lectures, guided field work (equipment training, data collection) at a multitude of aquatic habitat types in Lower Austria 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, UF BU 10, MBO 7

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