Universität Wien FIND

300387 UE Biodiversity of Stream Ecosystems (2020S)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 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



Update covid-19: we will change to e-learning and adapt the lectures and work units accordingly.


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 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-9, MZO W-2

Last modified: Th 14.05.2020 14:09