Universität Wien FIND

300424 SE+UE Field course in functional ecology (2019S)

Biodiversity & Landuse in grassland ecosystems

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


max. 18 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Intitial meeting (organisational issues) on 06.03.2019, participation MANDATORY!
Seminar on 4.4.2019 / 13-16h: introduction into topics of the course and methods of practical field work. Participation MANDATORY!
Field work will take place in Illmitz (NP Neusiedler See) from 02.06. to 07.06.2019.
NOTE: costs of approx. 250 € will apply.

Wednesday 06.03. 09:00 - 10:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Thursday 04.04. 10:00 - 15:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Tuesday 02.07. 09:00 - 12:30 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

This field course aims at analysing the interaction of vegetation, fauna and land management in grassland ecosystems in the NP Lake Neusiedl. Students work in small groups. Topics include (a) responses of vegetation to land use, (b) land-use effects on butterflies and diurnal moths and interdependencies between insects and vegetation. The course offers basic knowledge in ecological field methods, followed by meetings with the group supervisors to analyse the collected data at the University of Vienna. These meetings will be held in August and September.

Assessment and permitted materials

written report on selected topics, based on own data and their evaluation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

written report (80 %), active participation in field course and during data evaluation (20 %)

Examination topics

Contents of introductory seminars and presentations during field course, results from own field work and their integration into an adequate scientific context by consulting further scientific literature

Reading list

I. Korner et al. (2008). Abhandlungen der Zool.-Bot. Gesellschaft Österreich 37: 1-84.
K. Fiedler et al. (2017). Journal of Insect Conservation 21(2): 277-285.

Association in the course directory


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