2023-2024 / OCEA0062-6

Ecotoxicology and Biodegradation of Marine Pollutants, Marine ecotoxicology


15h Th, 15h Mon. WS

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS) (MER - Erasmus mundus)6 crédits 
 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS) (Erasmus Mundus ECT+ : Environmental Contamination and Toxicology)6 crédits 


Krishna Das

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 class is given in English. 
This course is an introduction to Marine Ecotoxicology and includes concepts such as definition of ecotoxicology, pollution, environmental toxicology, anthropogenic impacts on individuals, populations and communities, focusing on the marine environment. 
Students will also learn about impact of selected pollutants including Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), plastics and mercury. 
Table of Content

  • General Introduction
  • Impact of pollutants on individuals, populations and ecosystems.
  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the marine environment.
  • Trace elements and mercury in the marine environment.
  • Plastics in the marine environment. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Evaluation of anthropogenic threats towards the marine environment

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Students should have basic knowledge on biology, biochemistry and biogeochemical cycles. 

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course will include:
1. An introduction to Ecotoxicology (Ex cathedra) and its applications to the marine environment.
2. Students will receive scientific papers to be read at home (mandatory) to prepare the next class. These papers will be then analysed during the course by the students during group sessions. The working time at home is included in the credits of the present course.  3. Seminars: invited lecturer (ULiège and abroad) can be invited to present their research in aquatic ecotoxicology.  4. No practical training. 
5. The student will prepare a scientific poster that will be evaluated during the exam session (see evaluation). 

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

Mode of delivery: face to face

Recommended or required readings

PDFs file of power-point presentation and other documents on eCampus.
Students will be requested to read some documents at home to prepare the next class and group working sessions. 

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

  • Evaluation will be in English. 
  • Oral evaluation will be realised under the form of a conference speed talk.
  • The scientific quality of the presentation and the ability of the student to respond to questions related to the topic and the theory given during the class will be evaluated during the exam session. 

> Oral examination

Work placement(s)

No practical training

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

More details through eCampus and emails


  • Secretariat M Lunetta: 04 366 50 62
  • Meeting with my secretary: Mrs Mariella Lunetta is in her office  (B6C, room 1/21 , Sart Tilman) the Tuesday from 8:30 -10:30 am and the Thursday from 13:30-15:00 pm.
  • Meeting with us: I will make time available during and directly after the classes for your questions. I rarely can be available for unscheduled meeting. To make appointment , call 04 366 50 62 (Mrs Lunetta) or send an email: M.Lunetta@uliege.be.
  • We ask for your co-operation with these regulations.
Krishna Das (04/ 3663321, krishna.das@uliege.be)

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