Universität Wien FIND

300314 UE Fauna and flora of marine habitats (2016S)

only together with course 300303

7.00 ECTS (5.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


max. 24 participants
Language: English



Vorbesprechung am 07.03.2016 um 12 Uhr im COSB Seminarraum, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14,1090 Wien, Raum Nr. 2.022
04.07.2016 - - 16.07.2016 Kurs in Rovinj, Kroatien


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course takes place during two weeks in Rovinj, Croatia, at the marine station of the Ruder Boscovic Institute, where a diversity of marine habitats are easily accessible. Each day is dedicated to various aspects of these habitats. After an introductory lecture, field work is usually organized in groups examining different aspects of the habitat. The organisms are collected by snorkeling and preliminarily identified in the field. Afternoons are dedicated to specimens identification in the lab. In addition to the marine biological question, morphological and functional issues of these organisms are of importance. The information gathered in the field and the lab is summarized by short oral presentations by the students. The list of habitats and topics treated includes plankton, fishes, the intertidal areas, sublitoral rocky, sandy and mud bottoms, secondary hard bottoms, interstitial fauna, algae and sea grass meadows, and marine caves.
The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the most common and characteristic marine organisms of the various habitats, their ecological significance and their morphological features.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment of performance is based equally on active participation, oral presentation, written final exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students are familiar with the visited habitats and are able to recognize and identify the most important organisms. They are familiar with principal functional and ecological interactions.
Active participation, oral presentation, and final exam earn a maximum of 20 points each. 35 points are required for a positive grade.

Examination topics

Topics of the preparatory seminar and the course; recognition and correct naming of the most important organisms.

Reading list

R. Riedl: Fauna und Flora des Mittelmeeres

Association in the course directory


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