Topic suggestions for master and bachelor thesis

 Stephan Glatzel

  • Determination of hydrological parameters in differently degraded peatlands (laboratory focus, method development); MSc & BSc
  • Vegetation of the Puergschachen bog (field work, floristic knowledge necessary); MSc
  • Methane and carbon dioxide release potentials of differently degraded peat (laboratory work); MSc & BSc
  • The carbon dioxide release of Austria's peatland soils (GIS knowledge required); MSc
  • The role of reeds in sediment retention on the shore of Lake Neusiedl (field and laboratory work); MSc
  • The CO2 and CH4 balance of the Puergschachen bog (data analysis: experience with processing large amounts of data is essential); MSc
  • Storage of gas samples in crimp-cap vessels: A method comparison (laboratory work); BSc
  • Peatlands in the Enns Valley: Land use and greenhouse gas release (literature and field work); MSc & BSc  
  • ... within the framework of these theses and research issues, individual research projects are welcome!

I look forward to getting in touch! (stephan.glatzel@univie.ac.at, Tel: 0043-14277-48660)

 Pamela Baur (co-support)

  • Vegetation composition and properties of the reed belt at Lake Neusiedl in the mean footprint of the EC tower: Vegetation mapping for the quantification and qualification of the areas with reed (Phragmites australis) stands and open water / soil in the reed belt of Lake Neusiedl near Illmitz. Aerial photos can be taken with a small drone or current orthophotos can be used. Further characteristics such as height, age of the reed culm (living or dead culm of Phragmites australis), LAI and other characteristics should be taken into account and assessed. (Master thesis)
  • Above and below ground biomass from reed (Phragmites australis) in the reed belt of Lake Neusiedl: Investigation of biomass from reed over a certain time period. Use of several sampling areas along a transect from land to open water (Bachelor thesis) 
  • Methane emission through ebullition in the reed belt of Lake Neusiedl: Use of ebullition traps to measure methane emissions along a transect in the reed belt over a certain period of time (Bachelor thesis)
  • Phenology of the reed belt at Lake Neusiedl near Illmitz: Determination of the phenology of the reed belt through various plant indices, using satellite images and phenocams (Bachelor / Master thesis)
  • Methane emissions from the reed on different scales: Measurement of the methane emissions transported by the reed plants (Phragmites australis) in different scales (leaf, stem, plant, stand) in the reed belt of Lake Neusiedl near Illmitz (Master thesis)
  • Reed-cutting experiment: Reed pruning experiment with Phragmites australis in the reed belt of Lake Neusiedl near Illmitz (in situ): Effects of reed pruning on carbon fluxes and their various transport pathways (Master thesis)
  • Phenology of  the peat bog ‘Puergschachen’: Determination of the phenology of the peat bog through various plant indices, using satellite images and phenocams (Bachelor / Master thesis)
  • Ringing of bog birches (Betula pubescens) as a management strategy for the peat bog ‘Puergschachen’: Comparison of the situation before and after the management measure in order to evaluate the success of this management strategy (Bachelor thesis)
  • Immigration of the bog birch (Betula pubescens) into the peat bog ‘Puergschachen’: Quantification of the immigration of the bog birch into the peat bog ‘Puergschachen’with the help of historical aerial photographs (Bachelor / Master thesis)
  • ... within the framework of these theses and research issues, individual research projects are welcome!

If you are interested, please contact us via email stephan.glatzel@univie.ac.at or pamela.baur@univie.ac.at or personally in UZA2, wing 3A, room 2A376 or 2A393!

 Raphael Müller (co-support)

Depending on the type of the final thesis (BSc, MSc, teacher education program) literature reviews and/or laboratory/field work can be done!

Study of physical and chemical characteristics of peat, sediments and other organic materials (Puergschachen Bog or Lake Neusiedl):

  • hydraulic conductivity (vertical and horizontal) of peat
  • water movement and dispersal in peat and peatlands
  • site and/or depth specific microbial activity in peat soils/sediments
  • site and/or depth specific potential enzymatic activities in peat soils/sediments
  • water table depth measurements (automatic and/or manual measurements) in peatlands
  • decomposition studies of plant litter
  • priming effect in wet ecosystems
  • determination of carbon (total carbon, inorganic carbon, organic carbon) of sediments, peat and peaty materials
  • temporal and site/depth specific distribution of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in bogwater
  • …and many other topics dealing with different wetlands!

If you are interested, please contact us via email stephan.glatzel@univie.ac.at or raphael.mueller@univie.ac.at or personally in UZA2, room 2A376 or 2A393!