2019-2020 / ZOOL0232-1

Ecology, ethology and amphibian conservation


15h Th, 15h Pr, 1d FW

Number of credits

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


Mathieu Denoël

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

The course is an introduction to amphibian ecology, ethology and conservation. It is at the interface between fundamental and applied sciences: from knowledge to conservation. It encompasses therefore concepts that can be applied generally to freshwater organisms.
The course consists in (1) a presentation of species diversity mainly in temperate regions ; (2) a synthesis of their biological particularities: life cycle, intraspecific diversity (heterochrony), habitat, feeding habits, reproductive behaviour, sensory perspection ; (3) an analysis of their status and decline in function of varied risks: habitat change, pollutants, invasive species, emerging disease ; and (4) a discussion on ethics in amphibian research.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course aim at giving the necesary bases for an in-depth personal research in ecology, ethology and amphibian conservation.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

It is useful, but not mandatory, to have bases in ethology, behavioural ecology and conservation

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Practicals consist in a bibliographic report in a specic topic in amphibian conservation. A field excursion is planned to present several aspects of amphibian conservation (facultative for the students doing their master abroad the second quadrimester).

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

The lectures take place in the first quadrimester. Bibliographic reports and their presentation are due before christmas. The presentation is associated to a round table where the students can interact. The field trip is proposed in the second quadrimester (optional for the students doing their master abroad).

Recommended or required readings

Some books (not obligatorily) will be recommended during the lectures

Assessment methods and criteria

The evaluation is based on the bibliographic report, its oral presentation (power point) and the discussion during the round table.

Work placement(s)

Field excursion, possibly in association with other courses (facultative when given in Q2), possibly during the day and at the start of the night.

Organizational remarks

The lectures are given in September and October (3 - 4 half days).
The field course is given in spring, in April or early May. The exact date will be communicated in early spring by email will all practical informations.
Further information: http://www.labos.ulg.ac.be/etho/en/denoel/teaching


Prof. Mathieu Denoël Laboratory of Fish and Amphibian Ethology Behavioural Biology - FOCUS Institute of Zoology (Bât. I1) University of Liège Quai van Beneden 22 4020 Liege
E-mail: Mathieu.Denoel[a]ulg.ac.be