2021-2022 / 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, 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.

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

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Practicals consist in a bibliographic report in a specic topic in amphibian conservation. A field excursion may take place in complement of the lectures.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

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 modalities could be updated due to the possibilities

Recommended or required readings

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

Assessment methods and criteria

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The evaluation is based on the bibliographic report, its oral presentation (power point) and the discussion during the round table. In case of sanitary crisis, the evaluation might be based on the report only.

Work placement(s)

Field excursion possibly during the day and at the start of the night depending on possibilities and adequate meteorological conditions for amphibian observation.

Organizational remarks

The lectures are expected to be given in September and October (3 - 4 half days) depending on possibilities given the current crisis.
Further information: http://www.labos.ulg.ac.be/etho/en/denoel/teaching


Prof. Mathieu Denoël Laboratory of ECology and Conservation of Amphibians FOCUS
E-mail: Mathieu.Denoel[a]uliege.be