812359 Ecology of algae

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Pold, Anna , Bilous, Olena , Bondar-Kunze, Elisabeth , Hein, Thomas
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


- Phytoplankton/Phytobenthos taxonomy for lentic and lotic ecosystems
- Basic information about WFD assessment and other common assessment methods
- Physiology and ecology of algae
Practical experience:
- Identification of main algal groups in aquatic ecosystems using existing taxonomic literature
- Experiments about algal ecophysiology

Previous knowledge expected

basics in limnology (e.g. courses in Limnology or limnochemistry or equivalent background), registration for the Applied Limnology Master program is of advantage.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successful completion of this module, participants are able to:
•Identify key-species of main algal groups (e.g. green algae, diatoms, cyanobacteria);
•Evaluate selected environmental effects on algae;
•Apply knowledge and skills to run short term experiments on ecophysiology of algae ;
•Evaluate the effects of human impacts on algae - such as eutrophication, river engineering measures such as regulation and reservoirs etc.;
•Evaluate the current assessment approaches using algae in lentic and lotic ecosystems
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.