2019-2020 / OCEA0083-1

Physiology and biochemistry of the marine animals


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in biology of organisms and ecology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Philippe Compère

Language(s) of instruction

English 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

The course consists in a litterature research to be realised either by each student or by groups of students according to the total number of students
The topic concern the adaptation of marine animals to physico-chemical and/or biological constraints of their environment. It will consider species or zoological groups in the marine world or in specific micro-environments.
The topic will be choiced by the students under guidance and agreement of the teacher. 
The work will be a written report of 10-15 pages followed by an oral presentation (with ppt support) facve to the other students

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Learn about the environmental constraints of the marine world and the variety of habitats. These constraints are physico-chemical depending on geographic position and depth (T°, pressure, pH, salinity, light, water currents, tides,...) or biological (du to interactions with other organisms).
Apprehend the variety of marine environments from the most extended to the most extreme with their respectives constraints.
Apprehend the adaptations of the organisms in answer to these constraints at different levels, from the species to the genes. Thes adaptation concern behavior, anatomy, sensory organs, structural characteristics, physiology (functions), cell capabilities, biochemistry, genes and the regulation of their expression. 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Bachelor in Sciences

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Learning by personnal experience under guidance

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

Face-toface and realization of a project

Recommended or required readings

Assessment methods and criteria

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Dr Philippe Compère
Chef de Travaux
Department of Biology, Ecology and Evolution (BEE)
Laboratory of Functional Morphology and Evolution
Institut of Chemistry B6c, local 3/16
Tel. +32 4 366 50 63
e-mail : pcompere@ulg.ac.be