Course objective: The aim: This course deal with all aspects of the ecology of fishes from their basic environmental physiology through food web interactions, competition, reproductive strategies, and the importance of size to ecological interactions. The importance of fish as biological indicators will be emphasized. Different multimetric approaches, used in bioassessment, will be presented.

Course outcome: Students will be able to relate fish to habitat categories, river types and eco-regions as well as to apply knowledge of ecology, physiology, and zoogeography of fish to understand aquatic ecosystem functioning. Students will master how to apply different fish based indices in ecological status assessment of inland waters.


Matthews W.J. (2012) Patterns in Freshwater Fish Ecology. Chapman & Hall, New York.

Wootton, R.J., (2012) Fish ecology: tertiary level biology. Blackie, London. 212 pp.

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