Depict Marine Biodiversity

This course provides fundamental tools for marine biodiversity description; defining genetics, species and marine ecosystems diversity. 

It describes approaches and methods currently used in analyses of biodiversity and evolution.


DEPICT | #Marine Biology | 4 ECTS

Semester 1 (Fall)


Learning outcomes

 Students should

  • improve their naturalist skills
  • construct phylogenetic analysis and debate species concept
  • appraise integrative taxonomy using multisource approaches to explore biodiversity (from morphology to molecular and chemical data).
  • integrate taxonomy and systematic in the description and management of biodiversity.


  • Introduction to Marine Biodiversity (alpha, beta, gamma)
  • Functional Biodiversity
  • Molecular Systematics
  • Biodiversity Metrics (indices, applications on R)
  • Taxonomic marine life description
  • Focus on benthic organisms, mollusks, fish, plankton
  • Labs: Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Plankton party


  • Paola FURLA (IRCAN lab, UCA), module coordinator
  • Aldine AMIEL (IRCAN lab, UCA)
  • Steeve COMEAU (CNRS LOV, Sorbonne)
  • Christophe MOCQUET (UCA)
  • Barbara PORRO (IRCAN lab, UCA)


  • Written examination (final)
  • Oral presentations
  • Journal club
  • Projects: Taxo project (Wiki-like assignment), Conservation, Museum & Aquarium (Research assignment)
The other Semester 1 modules
The other #Marine Biology modules