701-1437-01L  Practical Course Macroinvertebrates

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersJ. Jokela
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractThis course gives an overview of the typical aquatic macroinvertebrate groups in Switzerland. Beside a theoretical background on the different groups the focus is laid on the determination of the most important species groups and their indentification traits, also using identification keys. Practical experience in benthic sampling techniques is collected during an excursion.
ObjectiveDuring this course you will get an overview of the typical aquatic macroinvertebrates in Switzerland and the common sampling techniques. After this course you will be able to identify the most important aquatic species groups at the level of order/family and know the most important identification traits. You will also be able to use identification literature commonly used in Switzerland.
During an excursion, you will apply the theoretical identification knowledge to field situations.
ContentThe taxonomic part will cover macroinvertebrates (e.g. Crustacean, aquatic insects). 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)
The field excursion takes place Tuesday 25.10.2016.
Lecture notesCourse notes and power point presentations provided during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe maximal participating number of students is 8 from D-USYS and 14 from D-BIOL. In case of too many students, those that simultaneously participate in the courses "701-1437-00 Limnoecology" and "701-1437-02 Bestimmungskurs aquatische Mikroinvertebraten und Kryptogamen" are given priority. Sign in until 15.9.2016, free places will be distributed 16.9.2016.

The field excursion takes place Tuesday afternoon 25.10.2016 from 13-17.