Universität Wien FIND

300435 VO Animal biogeography (2016S)

Principles of animal biogeography

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie

Beginn: 07.03.2016



Language: German

Examination dates



Montag 13-14:30 h, HS 1, UZA 1, Bioznetrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien;
Prüfungstermine: 27. 6. 2016, 13-14:30 h, im HS 1, 3. 10. 2016, 28. 11. 2016 jeweils im COSB Seminarraum UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The introductory part starts by defining basic terms and introducing the basic questions and concepts of biogeography. The principal abiotic and biotic parameters for the distribution and limits of dispersal of animals are presented. The aspects of global vegetation patterns, plate tectonics and glacial periods with respect to animal distribution and dispersal receive special emphasis. The major zoogeographical units of the terrestrial biota are defined by their characteristic fauna and their boundaries (e.g. the Wallace line). Similarly, the most important marine and limnic zoogeographic regions are treated. Special focus in this context is put on European rivers and the biogeographic history of the Mediterranean. The methodological part deals with the principals of panbiogeography and cladistic biogeography. Finally, applied aspects are discussed, such as species invasions and the impact of zoogeographical research on conservation issues.

Assessment and permitted materials

Schriftliche Abschlussprüfung; mehr als die Hälfte der erreichbaren Punkte müssen erreicht werden um erfolgreich abzuschließen. Keine Hilfsmittel erlaubt.
Prüfungstermine: 27. 6. 2016, 13-14:30 h, 3. 10. 2016, 28. 11. 2016 jeweils im HS 1, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Kenntnis der regionalen und globalen Verbreitungsmuster der tierischen Organismen und ihrer geographischen, ökologischen und evolutionsbiologischen Grundlagen

Examination topics

Vorträge, PowerPoint Unterstützung

Reading list

Association in the course directory

MZO 1, MEV W-7, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04

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