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Ecology of marine systems

Head of the Module Jacques CLAVIER (Professor, UBO)
Type Compulsory
Number of hours 72
Learning outcomes
Know how to interpret the structure and functioning of marine oceanic and coastal ecosystems (in pelagic and benthic zones).
Aims Upon completion of the course, students will have an in-depth view of the fundamentals of marine ecology and its variations in the main types of ocean and coastal environment (temperate and tropical).
Course content


  • Ecology of marine systems
  • Structure and functioning of planktonic communities


  • Study of population ecology using the IUEM oceanographic vessel (Smith-McIntyre grab sampling, sieving, plankton samplers, dragnet). Since 2006, all data acquired during these teaching campaigns has been stored in the IUEM Observatory Database, under the supervision of Jacques Grall. This data will be compared to older data acquired since the late 1970s in the same area of the Bay of Brest allowing the evolution of benthic communities in the north basin to be examined.
  • Tutorials and practical work to learn basic population ecology.
Teaching methods Lectures, field trips as part of the marine environment observatory

Barnabé, G. & R. Barnabé- Quet, 1997. Ecologie et aménagement des eaux côtières. Lavoisier, Paris, 391 p.

Levinton, J., 1995. Marine Biology, function, biodiversity, ecology. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford, 420 p.

Mann, K.H. & J.R. Lazier, 1996. Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems. Blackwell Science, Cambridge, 394.