Universität Wien FIND

300412 VO Plant Biogeography (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This course will be held digitally (BBB via Moodle)

Monday 04.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Digital
Wednesday 06.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Digital
Monday 11.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Digital
Wednesday 13.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Digital
Monday 18.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Digital
Wednesday 20.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Digital
Wednesday 03.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Digital
Monday 08.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Digital
Wednesday 10.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

- Aims: Students know the breadth of biogeography, the branch of biological sciences that addresses the question, how and why biological diversity varies in space and time.

Content: This lecture covers the following topics: (i) environmental setting and basic biogeographic principles, Earth history and fundamental biogeographic processes (including dispersal, immigration, speciation, extinction, changing Earth); (ii) evolutionary history of lineages and biotas (incl. reconstructing the history of lineages and of biotas); (iii) ecological biogeography (island biogeography, areography, ecogeographic rules, diversity gradients); (iv) distribution patterns, Pleistocene biogeography (with focus on the Alps)

- Methods: lecture

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam about the topics covered during the course.

The exam will be done digitally (via Moodle): a document (available in several common file formats) with the questions is downloaded from Moodle; the questions are answered offline (using the course presentations provided in Moodle as well as other sources, such as the Internet; purely copy-paste is not permitted) and uploaded again to Moodle (within a single document) within the allotted time (2 hours [plus 10 mins as buffer in case of technical problems])

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirement for positive credit: >50% of the points (i.e., at least 10.5 points of 20).

Credit key:
0–10 points: failed (grade 5)
10.5–12.5 points:sufficient (grade 4)
13–15 points: sufficient (grade 3)
15.5–17.5 points: good (grade 2)
18–20 points: excellent (grade 1)

Examination topics

Course material available from the e-learning platform (Moodle)

Reading list

Lomolino M et al., 2017: Biogeography 5th ed. Sinauer

Association in the course directory

MBO 1, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04

Last modified: Th 23.03.2023 00:25