701-1437-03L  Aquatic Ecology II

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersP. Spaak, F. Altermatt, F. Pomati, C. T. Robinson
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants is limited. The maximal participating number of students is 9 from D-USYS and 16 from D-BIOL (ETH & UZH).
Target groups only: Bachelor Biology, Master Environmental Sciences and UZH MNF Biology.

Students have to enroll together with the lecture Aquatic Ecology I (701-1437-00V) and the Practical Course Macroinvertebrates (701-1437-01L) and Identification Course Freshwater Algae and Aquatic Microinvertebrates (701-1437-02L).


701-1437-03 UAquatic Ecology II
First half of the semester; at EAWAG, FLUX B01
Includes 3-day field trip from 27.-29.09.2023
90s hrs
Wed/113:00-17:00EAW A G »
Thu/113:00-17:00EAW A G »
Fri/108:00-12:00EAW A G »
P. Spaak, F. Altermatt, F. Pomati, C. T. Robinson

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course builds on Aquatic Ecology I and cannot be taken separately. It aims on extending the covered concepts and apply them to natural and experimental systems.
The course contains research projects, a 1-day excursion to a lake as well as a 3-day excursion to a river.
ObjectiveDuring the research project you will learn the principles of doing research to observe interrelations in aquatic ecosystems. You will measure and interpret biological and physical data (e.g. during experiments, field work). You will present the collected knowledge and write a report about it.
During the excursions you will get to know a lake system as well as a river system. The main goal of the excursions is that the students as a team conduct their own field research project and collect data in the field.
ContentThe field excursions contain a 1-day excursion to a lake (Greifensee) and a 3-day excursion to a river (Glatt, Niederuzwil).
The experimental part contains research projects in small groups within research groups at Eawag.
Lecture notesCourse notes and power point presentations provided during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course can only be taken together with "701-1437-00 Aquatic Ecology I", "701-1437-01 Bestimmungskurs aquatische Makroinvertebraten" and "701-1437-02 Bestimmungskurs Süsswasseralgen und aquatische Mikroinvertebraten".

The maximal participating number of students is 9 from D-USYS and 16 from D-BIOL (ETH & UNI).
Registration for the course until 14.08.2023, free places will be distributed after that. Students registrating later cannot be guaranteed a place in the course.

The course includes a mandatory field trip to Greifensee (21.09.2023) and a three-day excursion to the river Glatt (27.-29.09. 2023).
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits5 credits
ExaminersP. Spaak, F. Altermatt, F. Pomati, C. T. Robinson
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

No public learning materials available.
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


PlacesLimited number of places. Special selection procedure.
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupBiology BSc (552300)
UZH MNF Biology (573100)
Environmental Sciences MSc (736000)
Waiting listuntil 19.09.2023
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 14.08.2023

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