General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Applying Plankton For Water Quality Assessment
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Natalia Kuczyńska-Kippen
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2022/2023 (winter)
Duration 30


Lectures: 5 h

Classess: 25 h

Module aim (aims)

An assessment of water quality based on the presence, absence or change of the behaviour of planktonic organisms

Establishment of specific features to characterise a proper indicator in an aquatic environment in reference to precisely defined occurrence, geographical range, abundance, identification features, length of life cycle

Division of plankton organisms and their usefulness in water quality assessment

Determination of abiotic and biotic features of water based on plankton

Methods for trophic state assessment with the use of plankton

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

Basic knowledge of ecology and environmental quality problems. Readiness for fulfilling individual task and group work


Duration of Lectures (L): 2,5 h; Field study (FS): 3,5 h; Classes (Cl): 2h

Week 1 L: Introduction to the course I – Basic information on plankton communities in freshwater

Week 2 L: Introduction to the course II – Methods used for water quality assessment with the use of plankton communities

Week 3 FS: Field study and collection of material from natural and artificial types of water bodies (e.g. lakes, clay pits, fountains, ornamental ponds) in the city of Poznań   

Week 4 FS: Field study and collection of material from water bodies on the outskirts of the city of Poznań

Week 5 Cl: Identification of plankton material from water bodies in the city of Poznań

Week 6 Cl: Calculations of plankton indexes with the use of collected material

Week 7 Cl: Determination of trophic state of water based on the identified plankton samples         

Week 8 Cl: Final presentation on the water quality assessment based on the analysis of the plankton community indices

Reading list


Dodds W., Whiles M.: Freshwater Ecology. Concept and Environmental Applications of Limnology (3rd Edition), Elsevier Academic Press, Cambridge, 2022

Allan J.D., Castillo M.M., Capps K.A.: Stream Ecology: Structure and Function of Running Waters 3rd ed. Edition. Springer-Verlag GmbH, 2021

Glasson J., Therivel R.: Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment (Fifth edition). Academic & Professional Books Conservation & Biodiversity, Routledge, London and New York, 2019

Braddock T., Hennessey D.: Wetlands. An Introduction. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018

Bronmark C.: Biology of Lakes and Ponds. Oxford University Press, 2017

Ossola A., Niemelä J.: Urban Biodiversity. From Research to Practice. Routledge, London and New York, 2017

Krebs C.J.: Why Ecology Matters, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2016

Henderson P.A., Southwood T.R.E.: Ecological Methods, 4th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, 2016

Krebs C.J.: Ecological Methodology, 3rd ed. Edition, AddEducationalison-Wesley, Boston, 2014

Krebs C.J.: Ecology: The Experimental Analysis of Distribution and Abundance. Pearson Education Limited, 2013

Sakhare V.B.: Limnology. Astral International Pvt Ltd, 2011

Lampert W., Sommer U.: Limnoecology: The Ecology of Lakes and Streams, Oxford University Press, New York, 2007

Articles in journals

Stamou G., Katsiapi M., Moustaka-Gouni M., Michaloudi E. (2021): The neglected zooplankton communities as indicators of ecological water quality of Mediterranean lakes, Limnetica, 40(2): 359-373. DOI:10.23818/limn.40.24.

Sługocki Ł., Czerniawski R. (2018): Trophic state (TSISD) and mixing type significantly influence pelagic zooplankton biodiversity in temperate lakes (NW Poland), PeerJ , 6: e5731

Ejsmont-Karabin J., Karabin A. (2013): The suitability of zooplankton as lake ecosystem indicators: Crustacean trophic state index, Polish Journal of Ecology, 61: 561-573

Ejsmont-Karabin J. (2012): The usefulness of zooplankton as lake ecosystem indicators: rotifer trophic state index, Polish Journal of Ecology, 60(2): 339-350

Karabin A. (1985): Pelagic zooplankton (Rotatoria + Crustacea) variation in the process of lake eutrophication. I. Structural and quantitative features, Ekol. Pol., 33: 567–616.

Mäemets A. (1983): Rotifers as indicators of lake types in Estonia, Hydrobiologia, 104: 357–361.