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Diversity of Marine Plankton

Location: Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche sur mer
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2008-07-02    
End Date: 2008-07-18

Event Description:
A training course on marine biodiversity will be held at the Observatoire de Villefranche sur mer this summer.

The courses offer experience with a wide diversity of marine plankton (phytoplankton, zooplankton and ichtyoplankton).We will deal with specific and adaptatives strategies of the organisms to the pelagic environment : nutrition, reproduction, in situ displacement, with a focus on the main ecological groups.

This course is based on the description of organisms daily fished in the Bay of Villefranche. The fairly high diversity of forms and number of species of zoo- and phytoplanktonic organisms, and their adaptations to the pelagic life are described and more precisely studied. Understanding the role of this biodiversity is rather important to understand the functioning of the pelagic ecosystem.

The Observatoire de Villefranche has a privileged proximity (< than a quarter of an hour) to deep depth (no continental plateform ) which allow studies on open sea plankton as well as coastal plankton. Daily field excursions on research vessels are scheduled to manipulate sampling nets and others oceanographic parameters. Being a part of the University of Paris VI, it is equipped with teaching and hostelling infrastructures (classrooms, research vessel).

Courses are given in French but teaching material is often provided in English. These courses are open to all master students. This training course will be part of the EMBC Master from 2009.

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Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

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Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP7 - Training courses

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External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by mousseau on 2008-04-14 and approved by webmaster