701-2437-01L  Aquatic Ecology (Incl. Two Identification Courses)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersJ. Jokela, P. Spaak, F. Altermatt, A. Narwani, F. Pomati, C. T. Robinson
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish (lecture), English (exercise), German (practical/laboratory course), German (practical/laboratory course)
CommentThe course can only be booked via the Biology Office of Student Affairs.


701-1437-00 VAquatic Ecology I
Unregelmässige Lehrveranstaltung
40s hrs
Wed/108:00-12:00EAW A G »
Thu/108:00-12:00EAW A G »
P. Spaak, F. Altermatt, A. Narwani, C. T. Robinson
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
701-1437-01 PBestimmungskurs aquatische Makroinvertebraten
Takes place at EAWAG (FLUX B01)
28s hrs
Tue/113:00-17:00EAW A G »
J. Jokela
701-1437-02 PBestimmungskurs Süsswasseralgen und aquatische Mikroinvertebraten
Takes place at EAWAG (FLUX B01).
28s hrs
Fri/113:00-17:00EAW A G »
19.10.13:00-17:00EAW A G »
J. Jokela

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course combines Limnology (the study of inland waters in its broad sense) with ecological and evolutionary concepts. It deals with rivers, groundwater and lakes.This course contains a lecture part, an experimental part, two determination courses (aquatic invertebrates and algae) as well as excursions.
ObjectiveDuring this course you will get an overview of the world's typical continental aquatic ecosystems. After this course you will be able to understand how aquatic organisms have adapted to their habitat, and how the interactions (e.g. food web) between organisms work.
During the experimental part of this course 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) and present the collected knowledge scientifically.
After this course you will know the most important aquatic species groups (macroinvertebrates, microinvertebrates and freshwater algae) in Switzerland and the most important identification traits.
ContentThe course contains a lecture part, an experimental part, two determination courses (aquatic invertebrates and algae) and field excursions.

The lecture part covers ecology and evolution of aquatic organisms in lentic and lotic waters. Topics include: Adaptations, distribution patterns, biotic interactions, and conceptual paradigms in freshwater ecosystems; important aspects regarding ecosystem metabolism and habitat properties of freshwaters; applied case studies and experiments testing ecological and evolutionary processes in freshwaters.

Practical part:
The practical part includes an excursion to Greifensee and a 3-day-excursion to the river Glatt in Niederuzwil, where you independently perform small research projects.
Additionally, you will perform in small groups an independent experiment in a research group at Eawag.

The taxonomic part will cover macroinvertebrates (e.g. Crustacean, aquatic insects), microinvertebrates and algae. The goal is to get to know the most common aquatic taxa in Switzerland, to identify them with commonly used identification literature, and to get an idea how these organisms are used in research and practice. (language: German, translation of the most important things during the course possible)
Lecture notesCourse notes and power point presentations provided during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe maximal participating number of biology students is 16.

The course includes a field trip to Greifensee (21.09.2023) and a 3-day-excursion to the river Glatt in Niederuzwil from 27.09. to 29.09.2023.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
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 credits12 credits
ExaminersP. Spaak, F. Altermatt, J. Jokela, A. Narwani, F. Pomati, C. T. Robinson
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationDie Gesamtnote des Blockkurses setzt sich zusammen aus zwei Bestimmungskursen (Gewichtung je 1/6) sowie dem allgemeinen Teil Limnoökologie (Vorlesung, Forschungsberichte - Gewichtung 2/3).
Es gilt eine 100%-ige Anwesenheitspflicht.
Abmeldung: Wenn Sie sich von einem Kurs, der Ihnen zugeteilt wurde, aus zwingenden Gründen abmelden müssen, melden Sie sich spätestens vier Wochen vor Kursbeginn schriftlich beim Kursverantwortlichen ab, bei Kursen im 1. Viertel gilt eine Abmeldefrist von einer Woche. Zusätzlich muss auch das D-BIOL Studiensekretariat informiert werden (Email-CC an Link), damit die Belegung gelöscht wird. Ansonsten gilt der Kurs als "nicht-bestanden".

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