Christopher Thomas Robinson: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2019

Name PD Dr. Christopher Thomas Robinson
FieldAquatische Ökologie
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Telephone044 823 53 17
Fax044 823 53 15
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-0034-15LIntegrated Practical: Aquatic Ecology Restricted registration - show details 1.5 credits3PJ. Jokela, C. T. Robinson
AbstractPractical studies on broad scientific questions and practice-orientated sampling techniques in aquatic ecology in rivers and lakes.
ObjectiveThe first goal is to learn how broad scientific questions of aquatic ecology are addressed in practice and to get an overview of the key hypotheses and methods that are relevant for each theme. The second goal is to strengthen the knowledge of local aquatic ecosystems.
Students are expected to work independently.
ContentCoordinated by J. Jokela

The purpose of this course is to give an overview of stream and lake ecology and structure. Theoretical background is given in an introductory lecture, followed by excursions to a stream and a lake, where the students get to know the systems and different methods for survey and analysis. In a second part, the students conduct small research projects on important questions in the field of aquatic ecology.

Dates to be given.
Lecture notesno script
Prerequisites / NoticeThe practical parts will mainly take place at Eawag Dübendorf.
701-1434-00LEssentials of Restoration Ecology2 credits2GD. Ramseier, C. T. Robinson
AbstractRestoration ecology has become an important field of ecology. The original trial and error approach is now more and more replaced by a more systematic and scientific approach.
The course covers general principles of restoration ecology and practical applications mainly for wet and dry meadow restoration and restoration of rivers/streams. Forested habitats will only be touched marginally.
ObjectiveThe students gain insight in methods of ecological restoration. They will be able to evaluate various approaches and to design restoration projects. They will learn the ecological basis of river/stream restoration and restoration of wet and dry meadows.
ContentTwo hours lectures and one-hour seminar per week in the first four weeks of the semester
22.3.2019 after-noon excursion river/stream restoration Dübendorf
24.6.2019 after-noon excursion to a long-term experiment on establishment of vegetation on flat roofs in Zürich
31.6.2019 all-day excursion to the wetland restoration project Seebachtalseen (

Topics of lectures:
- Historical background of restoration ecology
- Reasons for ecological restorations
- Ecological principles relevant for restorations
- Approaches for ecological restorations
- Evaluation of restorations

Seminar: present a paper with self-searched additional information