In July started the new FWF funded project “Spatial patterns of zooplankton diversity in floodplains” at WasserCluster Lunz, project leader is Griselda Chaparro from Argentina. The project explores the relationship between zooplankton diversity and environmental heterogeneity in floodplains from the Danube River at multiple spatial scales, from habitat patches (e.g. open waters and different macrophytes) to water bodies along a gradient of connectivity and the broader regional floodplain area. The objectives are to determine the relative contribution of alpha and beta-diversities to gamma diversity and to evaluate the association between beta-diversities and environmental heterogeneity at each spatial scale. Griselda Chaparro will compare patterns between semi-natural and degraded floodplain areas (isolated from river flooding dynamics) to get a better understanding of the relevance of fluvial processes for diversity maintenance in more pristine ecosystems and on the consequences of wetlands degradation. Read more
Unter dem Motto „Alles Wasser“ ging am Freitag, 13. Juni, der Tag der offenen Tür im WasserCluster Lunz über die Bühne. Kinder konnten Forschung hautnah bei Mitmach-Stationen erleben. Bei Führungen durch den WasserCluster und die Biologische Station informierten sich außerdem viele Besucher über die Forschung am Lunzer See .
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Open day at WasserCluster
On Friday, 13th June, the WasserCluster Lunz arranged an open day. Kids could experience science in special workshops, and many visitors joined the guided tours through the WasserCluster and the Biological Station.
Elena Litchman, Kellogg Biological Station, USA
Wednesday, 24th September 2014, WCL
Florian Altermatt, EAWAG, Switzerland
Tuesday, 7th October 2014, WCL More
WasserCluster Lunz (WCL) is a nonprofit research center shared to equal amounts by the University of Vienna, the Danube University Krems, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU Vienna). WCL is financially supported by a partnership with the Provincial Government of Lower Austria, the Federal Government of Austria, and the Municipality of Vienna. At BOKU, WCL is linked to the Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment, at the University of Vienna to the Department of Limnology, and at the Danube University Krems to the Department of Clinical Medicine and Biotechnology.
WCL was founded in 2005 with the primary motivation to follow the scientific legacy of the Biological Station Lunz, which was established in 1905 (owned by the Austrian Academy of Sciences) and closed in 2003. The Biological Station Lunz was well known for its outstanding research in limnology (e.g., Franz Ruttner's »Fundamentals of Limnology« 1953) throughout the 20th century. WCL was established to reinvigorate freshwater ecosystem research and education in Lunz and to contribute to the advancement of freshwater sciences.