812357 Benthic invertebrate sampling and monitoring

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Rabl, Georg , Huber, Thomas , Leitner, Patrick , Graf, Wolfram
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


The course will be held in Lunz am See. It is recommended to attend this course together with the course Benthic Invertebrate Status Assessment (812358), which will be held directly afterwards.
Contents: overview on macro-invertebrate sampling and sorting techniques with special emphasis on Austrian methodologies, short repetition of taxonomic identification of benthic invertebrates. Practical work: sampling benthic invertebrates in wadeable rivers, transport, sorting and storage of samples, identification; overview on WFD-compliant ecological assessment with benthic invertebrates in rivers (assessment will be continued in the lecture 812358); report writing (technical report).

Previous knowledge expected

Expected: Hydrobiologie I und Allgemeine Hydrobiologie Übungen (in German or English).

Recommended: 812343 Ecology of benthic invertebrates, 812346 Biomonitoring and –assessment.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Discuss various methods of sampling macro- invertebrates and their application in applied research and monitoring.
Identify ecologically meaningful habitat types (choriotopes) and estimate their proportional occurrence in the field.
Apply standardised sampling methods (“Multi-Habitat-Sampling”) in wadeable rivers.
Examine benthic invertebrate communities according to the European Water Framework Directive (sorting and identification of invertebrates).
Interpret and present research results in written form (technical report).
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.