Calanque at La Madrague (France)

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Calanque at La Madrague (France)
Image: Markus Bernhardt-Römermann

Excursion 2019 and 2021: Italy (Lake Trasimeno)

Arthropods

Responsible: Hans Pohl

Lake Trasimeno is located in the Umbria region west of Perugia and is surrounded by mountains up to 600 metres high. The lake’s surroundings are characterised by a variety of different habitats, such as reedy shore regions, extensively used olive groves and meadows, macchie and forest with small streams that often dry up in summer. These habitats have a very species-rich arthropod fauna.

During the excursion we visited habitats directly around Lake Trasimeno, but also the more than 1700 m high densely forested Monte Amiata and the Formone River in Val d'Orcia with a wide pebbly riverbed. Participants worked on web spiders and scorpions, millipedes, praying mantises, cockroaches, termites and grasshoppers, true bugs and cicadas, Hymenoptera, beetles, as well as butterflies and moths. The picture gallery shows some interesting species.

Lake Trasimeno (Italy)
Image: Lars Möckel
Cone-headed grasshopper Acrida ungarica
Image: Hans Pohl
Praying mantis Ameles decolor
Image: Hans Pohl
Giant tachinid fly Tachina grossa
Image: Hans Pohl
Millipede Ommatoiulus rutilans
Image: Hans Pohl
Mediterranean banded centipede Scolopendra cingulata
Image: Hans Pohl
Yellow sac spider Cheiracanthium punctorium
Image: Hans Pohl
Tarantula wolf spider Lycosa tarantula with egg sac
Image: Hans Pohl

Excursion ​2016 and 2018: Croatia ​(Dugi Otok)​

Island Biogeography

Responsible: Ulrich Brose

In 2016 and 2018, the course has been carried out on the island Dugi Otok in Croatia. During two weeks in the field, we have been sampling the fauna (terrestrial and marine) and flora of islands of different size. Day trips with small boats were organized to travel to the islands.

The students have chosen a species group and teamed up in small groups to carry out systematic samples. Species identification is done is a laboratory room with digital microscopes. The course includes lectures and hands-on training in island biogeography, ecological field sampling designs and estimation of biodiversity, and a day trip to the National Park Kornati.

Vegetation on the islands
Image: Maximilian Bröcher
Boat trip to sample an island
Image: Myriam Hirt
Landing at an island
Image: Myriam Hirt
Group of students sampling species on an island
Image: Myriam Hirt
Intensive sampling
Image: Myriam Hirt
Sunset on Dugi Otok
Image: Thomas Boy
Hike through the Kornati National Park
Image: Thomas Boy
The islands of Kornati
Image: Thomas Boy
Archipelago of the Kornati
Image: Julius Weber
Coast of Dugi Otok
Image: Julius Weber

Excursion 2015: France (Provence, Côte-d‘Azur)

Ecology and flora of mediterranean ecosystems

Responsible: Christine Römermann and Markus Bernhardt-Römermann

  • Camargue / Rhone estuary (conservation / rice and salt production)
  • Crau (dry steppe / conservation and restoration ecology)
  • Alpilles (garrigue and macchia)
  • Upper Provence (dry forest / fire ecology / silviculture)
  • Massif de Maures (ephemeral ponds)
  • Côte d'Azur / Calanques  (coastal vegetation / viticulture)
Sheepfold in the Crau
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
Tarantula in the Crau
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
Salt vegetation in the Camargue
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
Camargue horses
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
Salt pans in the Camargue
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
Plant identification in the Alpilles
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
Tour des Opies, Alpilles
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
Maccia in the Massif de Maures
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
Massif de Maures
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
Coast at the Cap Croisette
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
Rock vegetation on the Cap Croisette
Image: Christine & Markus Römermann
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