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300387 UE Biodiversity of Stream Ecosystems (2016S)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Vorbesprechung am 08.03.2016 um 11:15 Uhr im ÜR6.

Blockkurs 27.06.2016-01.7.2016 von 9-17 Uhr im Biozentrum, ÜR2



max. 20 participants
Language: English



Vorbesprechung am 8.3.2016 um 11:15 Uhr im ÜR 6, UZA I; Blockkurs vom 27.6.-1.7.2016 im ÜR2


Aims, contents and method of the course

This field course focusses on biodiversity of stream ecosystems, with a typical
low-order sandstone stream of the Wienerwald area (Weidlingbach) providing a well-studied model collecting site. The course provides introductury lectures on stream ecology, taxonomy and the use of data processing software (ecoprof package) as a preparation for field work. In the field, practical skills such as basic stream reconnaissance and multi-habitat sampling are trained. In the lab, the training focusses on identification skills of MZB taxa, data processing (e.g., ecometrics, biodiversity indices), and presentation skills.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance control, oral presentation of project outcomes, written protocol.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The participants are aware of the most important ecological principles and macrozoobenthic taxa of low-order streams. Students are able to perform stream reconnaissance and representatively sample macrozoobenthos. In addition, students are able to identify the most common macrozoobenthic taxa and to caluculate ecometric and biodiversity descriptors.

Examination topics

Introductory lectures (powerpoint presentations), guided field work at a sandstone stream and guided sample proceeding and data analyses in the lab. Handouts are distributed at the start of the course.

Reading list

Association in the course directory

MEC-6, MZO W-2

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