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300334 UE Field course "Amphibian Ecology" (2022S)

5.00 ECTS (4.00 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: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Vorgesehene Exkursionstermine (diese Termine können sich witterungsbedingt ändern; in den Sommerferien können bei Bedarf zusätzliche Termine angeboten werden; Kleingruppen mit beschränkter Teilnehmer*innenzahl):
Waldviertel (zweitägig, inkl. Nachtexkursion): 21.-22.5., 11.-12.6.
Tagesexkursionen in Wien (ca. 10–18 h): 17.3., 24.3., 26.3., 31.3., 2.4., 9.4., 13.4., 23.4., 30.4., 5.5., 14.5., 18.5., 28.5., 2.6., 11.6., 18.6., 23.6.
Abendtermine (Wechselkröten; ab Sonnenuntergang ca. 3 h):
28.3., 31.3., 4.4., 7.4., 11.4., 14.4., 18.4., 21.4., 25.4., 28.4., 2.5., 5.5., 9.5., 12.5., 16.5., 19.5., 23.5., 26.5., 30.5., 2.6., 6.6., 9.6., 13.6., 16.6., 20.6., 23.6., 27.6., 30.6.

  • Thursday 03.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1.8, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.007, Ebene 1


Aims, contents and method of the course

Application of population ecological methods in amphibians. Knowledge of native amphibian species in all stages of development. Introduction to practical issues of conservation biology. Organization of data collection in the field.
The field course is centered on quantitative methods for estimating population sizes of amphibians, by means of spawn counts, call surveys and mark-recapture of individually registered animals. Field work in Vienna (Vienna Woods, Lobau, urban area) will introduce the participants to the ecology of locally occurring species and provide insights into conservation problems in urban areas. In the Waldviertel-region of Lower Austria we will visit gravel pits which are secondary habitats of many amphibian species. We will assess habitat management in these areas important for both economy and conservation, focussing on measures to support amphibian populations (especially the natterjack toad).
Field work in small teams; flexible schedule, depending on weather conditions and activities of the amphibians.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment of practical work in the field and protocols.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimal requirements:
1. 50 hours of fieldwork.
2. Submission of a final report on all excursions in which the student has participated and documentation of the field work he / she has done.
Criteria: Assessment is based on fieldwork (75%) and the final report (25%).

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Last modified: Mo 23.01.2023 14:09