Response of Organisms to the Environment

This course will teach principles of marine ecophysiology and ecotoxicology.
It will describe the strategies of response of marine organisms to environmental perturbations : from interspecific interactions to climate change and marine pollution.


REMOTE | #Marine Biology | 4 ECTS

Semester 2 (Spring)


Learning outcomes

 Students should

  • appraise notions of stress, resilience, hysteresis, pollution, biomarkers…
  • distinguish acclimatization and adaptation responses.
  • review the climate change consequences on marine organisms
  • discuss and criticize recent research works


  • Introduction to Ecophysiology
  • Introduction to Ecotoxicology
  • Introduction to environmental perturbations
  • Facing interspecific interactions
  • Tools in ecotoxicology
  • Photobiology and stress
  • Marine symbiosis & Global change
  • Marine biotoxin pollution
  • Heavy metal pollution
  • Plastic pollution
  • Adaptation to Abyss
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Dealing with ocean acidification


  • Paola FURLA (IRCAN lab, UCA), module coordinator
  • Eric Beraud (CSM, Monaco)
  • Stéphane Roberty (Université de Liège, Belgium)
  • Marie-Yasmine Dechraoui Bottein (IAEA, Monaco)
  • Marc Metian (IAEA, Monaco)
  • Sébastien Duperron (MNHN (National Natural History Museum), BOREA lab, Paris)
  • Alexander Venn (CSM, Monaco)
  • Christine Risso (ECOSEAS lab, UCA)


  • Written examination (final)
  • Oral presentations
  • Journal club
  • Lab projects (1-week ecotoxicology lab & symbiosis lab)
The other Semester 2 modules
The other #Marine Biology modules