Universität Wien

300295 UE Field course "Biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems" (2023S)

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


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

mandatory introduction talk: Mo, 06.03.2023 12:15 - 13:00 Seminar room 1.5, UBB

Field course from 9th (17.00) to 21th of July 2023 (early afternoon) at the lake laboratory, Wassercluster Lunz

Monday 06.03. 12:15 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1.5, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.012, Ebene 1 (Kickoff Class)


Aims, contents and method of the course

The field course will be conducted in the lake lab directly located at the shore of Lanke Lunzer See - a beautiful environment in the Alpine Foreland. During the field course, we will visit various habitats of oligotrophic and dystrophic pre-alpine lakes, ponds, springs and pit mosses to running waters. Selected environmental variables will be measured and samples will be taken from the sites. We will focus on identification of chacteristic species collected from the habitats. We will provide insights into their ecological preferences and life styles. Species occurrences will be linked to field data (e.g. underwater light data, limnochemical and hydraulic data), interpreted and discussed.

Assessment and permitted materials

group presentations, student activity, lab protocol, final course protocol

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- group presentations (20 %)- Student activity (30 %)- lab protocol (10 %)- course protocol (40 %). All partial performances must be positive to finish the course. Passed with more than 60% positive overall performance. In total 100 points, 91-100 = 1, 81-90 = 2, 71-80 = 3, 60-70 = 4, <60 = 5.

Examination topics

Introductory lectures, guided field work (equipment training, data collection) of aquatic habitat types, guided data analyses in the lab. 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.

Reading list

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.

Association in the course directory

MZO W-2, MZO W4, MEC-6, UF BU 10, MBO 7, MNB3

Last modified: Tu 14.03.2023 12:09