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Ecophysiology of Marine Organisms

Head of the Module Caroline FABIOUX (Associate Professor, UBO)
Type Compulsory
Number of hours 72
Learning outcomes The objective of the Ecophysiology of Marine Organisms module is to analyze physiological responses of marine organisms (plants and animals) to their environment and to integrate these at organism, cell and/or genetic levels.
Aims All major areas of Ecophysiology will be studied by focusing on several important physiological functions in relation to features specific to the marine environment, including phenomena that adapt organisms to biotic and/or abiotic parameters encountered in their environments and an example of physiological interactions (e.g. host-pathogen interaction).
Course content

Specific features of the major physiological functions in the marine environment:

  • Reproduction: from gene to individual (lectures, 6h)
  • Nutrition: “microphagy” in the marine environment (lectures, 3h)
  • Physiology of marine bivalves (practical work, 4h)
  • Ecophysiology of macroalgae (lectures, 6h)

Ecophysiology of adaptation in the marine environment:

  • Coastal environment: Response strategies to the constraints of intertidal life
  • Influence of physico-chemical factors in the coastal environment (practical work 4h, tutorials 12h, fieldwork 2h)
  • Pelagic environment: phytoplankton (carbon metabolism and regulatory factors, characteristics of mineral nutrition, plasticity in the composition of cells in response to environmental constraints) (4h lectures)
Teaching methods Lectures, lab experiments, field experiments (intertidal zone)