General information

Module title Biological and physicochemical elements of assessment the ecological status of water bodies
Language English
Module lecturer Dr hab. Tomasz Joniak (koordynator), Dr hab. Anna Kozak, Dr hab. Renata Dondajewska, Dr hab. Piotr Klimaszyk, Dr Ryszard Piotrowicz
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position profesor uczelni
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 60


Module aim (aims)

The course includes a comprehensive range of methods for evaluation of natural surface water bodies recommended by Water Framework Directive. The principles of monitoring of water quality. Sampling methods and sample preparation to analysis. Biological, hydromorphological, physicochemical and chemical elements of water quality. Assessment of ecological status of waters with use of macrophytes, phytoplankton, phytobenthos, benthic invertebrate fauna and fish. Course content will include methodologies, sample and sampling preparation procedures in hydrobiology (tools for the field work); preservation and preparation of samples for laboratory analysis.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Biological or geographical course


Week 1 Introduction to methods of evaluation of natural surface water bodies.Week 1 Water quality. Sampling and field measurements.Week 1 Water quality. Physical features of water.Week 2 Biological parameters. Measurements of the algal chlorophyll.Week 2 Hydromorphological elements in assessment of ecological status.Week 3 Water quality. Chemical elements (nitrogen forms).Week 3 Water quality. Chemical elements (phosphorus forms).Week 4 Biological parameters. Phytoplankton index for lakes and rivers.Week 4 Biological parameters. Microphytobenthos (epiphytic diatoms).Week 5 Biological parameters. Macrophyte indexes for lakes and rivers.Week 5 Biological parameters. Benthic invertebrates.Week 5 Biological parameters. Ichtyofauna.

Reading list

§ Wetzel R.G., Likens G.E., 2000. Limnological analyses. Third Edition, Springer.§ Scheffer M., 2004. Ecology of shallow lakes. Springer.§ Hauer F.R., Labmerti G.A., 2007. Methods in stream ecology. Elsevier.§ Kitner M., Poulícková A., 2002. Littoral diatoms as indicators for the eutrophication of shallow lakes. Hydrobiologia 506-509 (1-3): 519-524.§ Furse M.T., Hering D., Brabec K., Buffagni A., Sandin L., 2006. The ecological status of European rivers: evaluation and intercalibration of assessment methods. Springer.