2019-2020 / OCEA0043-2

Ecoethology of the marine animals


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Christian Michel

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Behaviour of marine fishes, particularly of mediterranean wrasses, shows different adaptations, social structures, reproductive strategies in close relation with environment. For more than 40 years, our researchers studied them and their works allow better perception of diversity.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Illustrate key aspects of the adaptive behavior of marine fish, particularly through research undertaken at ULG. Encourage students to ask themselves the right questions and find the answers.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic scientific knowledge, level Bachelor in Biology (or similar).
Basic knowledge of French language.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

4 lectures during first quadrimester, including theoretical presentation, presentation of our works, and discussion.

Recommended or required readings

Presentation summaries and bibliography. Diaporamas

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination. After the main lectures, every participant will receive a question that a biologist observing the marine environment could asked to himself. He was asked to think about an experimental program that would answer this question. Examination will be the presentation and discussion of this program.
Subsidiary questions : every student will be confrontatd to two randomly choosen pictures of fishes seen during the lectures. He will be asked if he knows the fish and about which behaviour we speak about.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

The lectures schedule will be established  in mid-September, depending on the possibilities of the students. Generally, it is set in the first semester.


C. Michel Tel : + 32 (0)4 366 5007 - Fax : + 32 (0)4 366 50 93 e-mail : Christian.Michel@uliege.be(Christian.Michel@ulg.ac.be)