2019-2020 / OCEA0063-1

Biology of Marine Mammals

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology

Part II : pathology and necropsies

Duration

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology : 15h Th
Part II : pathology and necropsies : 15h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS) (MER - Erasmus mundus)6 crédits 

Lecturer

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology : Krishna Das
Part II : pathology and necropsies : Thierry Jauniaux

Coordinator

Krishna Das

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Schedule

Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology

The class will be in English.
This class is a introduction to the ecology and ecotoxicology of marine mammals.
Furthermore, specific seminars on marine mammals will given by invited lecturers/researchers. 

Part II : pathology and necropsies

Theorical lecture consists of a general presentation of marine mammal causes of death in general and more obviously for the North Sea as well as most relevant threats. Personal work should be done individually on a specific topic defined in collaboration with the teacher

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology

1. General introduction to marine mammals and their adaptation to their aquatic life 2. Anthropogenic threaths on marine mammals, specifically chemical pollution. 

Part II : pathology and necropsies

The main objectives are to familiarize the student with the most frequent causes of death and threats for marine mammals as well as to present conceepts of veterinary pathology for the participation at the practicals (necropsies)

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology

Basic knowledge is required in biology, zoology and ecotoxicology.
The student are advised to follow also the class "Marine Ecotoxicology". 

Part II : pathology and necropsies

The prerequisites include animals ecology, biology, physiology, morphology and biochemistry.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology

  • Oral courses in English.
  • Visit of the Aquarium-Museum to illustrate the adaptation of marine mammals to their environment.
  • Working groups. 
  • Seminars: invited lecturer (ULg and abroad) will present their research on marine mammals.
  • The student will have to prepare a scientifique poster (see evaluation).

Part II : pathology and necropsies

Lectures are organized at the Veterinary Faculty (Powerpoint slide show) while practicals are organized at the necropsy room where student will be in charge individually of a cetacean or seal necropsy.

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

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology

face-to-face

Part II : pathology and necropsies

Lecture is a slide presentation and an individual work. Related documents are available on the web.

Recommended or required readings

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology

Power-point files and reference files will be available on eCampus (PDFs).

Part II : pathology and necropsies

Lecture slides as powerpoint presentation are provided by the professor.

Assessment methods and criteria

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology

The student will have to prepare a scientific poster on an approved topic in relation with the content of the class. The student will have to present briefly his poster and will be evaluated on the quality of the poster, the scientific content and his/her ability to respond questions related to the theory given during the class. 
Evaluation will be in English. 

Part II : pathology and necropsies

An exam is organized during the second part of the academic year and will consider lectures, practicals and the individual work.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology

First quadrimester

Part II : pathology and necropsies

Lectures are organized at the Veterinary Faculty and necropsies are organized at the necropsy room of the same faculty.

Contacts

Part I : Ecology and Ecotoxicology

Secrétariat : Mariella Lunetta - Institut de Chimie B6c - Tél : 04/366.50.62 - M.lunetta@ulg.ac.be
 
Krishna Das - PhD F.R.S. - FNRS Senior Research Associate  University of LIEGE Interfacultary Center for Marine Research (MARE) Laboratory of Oceanology Allée du 6 Août , B6C 4000, Liège, Belgium Phone: (+32) 4 366 3321 krishna.das@ulg.ac.be  

Part II : pathology and necropsies

T. Jauniaux:
email: t.jauniaux@ulg.ac.be
phone: +32 43664075