747004 Evolutionary Ecology of Aquatic Organisms

summer semester 2017 | Last update: 21.03.2017 Place course on memo list
Evolutionary Ecology of Aquatic Organisms
EU 3

Students obtain basic knowlegde in the field of Aquatic Evolutionary Ecology. Further information: http://www.uibk.ac.at/limno/

This "Wahlmodul" consists of a lecture and practical lab courses.

The lecture introduces into general evolutionary ecology (selection, fitness, life history) and the theoretical background of the experiments. The individual experiments will be performed in groups 2-3 students.


  • Selection experiments with cyclic parthenogenetic rotifers (Laboratory) [Stelzer]
  • Evolutionary benefits of symbioses for unicellular eukaryotes (ciliates and algae) from Mondsee (laboratory experiments) [Sonntag]
  • Experiments analysing adaptation of planktonic freshwater bacteria to water chemistry parameters and comparative genome analysis to reveal strain-specific differences in adaptation [Hahn]
  • Genotypic shifts in genetic population structure of algal taxa in Lake Mondsee under various experimental conditions (irradiance conditions) [Kurmayer]

(1) Results will be presented  and discussed by the student groups during the final presentation

(2) Each participant records the results and writes a scientific protocol.

Scores will be given according to participitation, presentation and protocoll.

At the beginning of the course a preparatory excerpt of a standard chapter in evolutionary ecology wil be requested. Details will be given at the first lecture in March.

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A preliminary meeting for all Master-Students of Ecology and Biodiversity will take place on Monday, 6 March 2017 at 09.00 am in the seminar room Zoologie/Technik. The lecture and the course will be held as block 2-weeks course from 3 July  - 14 July 2017 at the Research Institute of Limnology with max. 12. participants (www.uibk.ac.at/limno).

Accommodation is available directly at the institute.

see dates
03.07. - 14.07.2017, Forschungsinstitut für Limnologie, Mondsee