Summer School: Taxonomy of Marine Fauna

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General information

The University Pierre and Marie Curie organizes each summer at the Roscoff Biological Station a summer school on Biodiversity of Marine Fauna. It’s a Master’s-level course in Marine Biology  that primarily aims to teach taxonomy of marine animals for the identification of the typical coastal habitat species in their natural environment. This course naturally includes the biology and ecology of marine animal species in relationship to their habitat.

The course evolves around a number of field outings to various types of coastal habitat, accessible at low tide, and during which in situ observations, surveys and sampling are carried out. Sampled species are then observed under the dissecting or optical microscopes back at the laboratory to identify and apply the biological and taxonomic criteria presented during lectures. Students work independently on taxonomic identification and gain practice in using identification keys.

Organisation of the course: From the lectures combined with field and lab work, students build up a sound knowledge based on :

- systematics and the recognition of phyla and families of the most typical marine animal species found on the Roscoff coasts, and methods for determining marine animals to the species level;

- morphological and functional adaptations related to the lifestyles of coastal and nearshore organisms;

- the main types of coastal and nearshore environments along with their typical species composition.

Teachers : Ann Andersen, Christophe Lejeusne, Pascal Riera, Dominique Davoult,  Aline Migné (UPMC- Station Biologique de Roscoff)


Candidats : This course is open to 1rst year master students and superior level from French or foreign universities and 3rd year undergraduate student (if they have validate their year before the beginning of the course)
These summer schools are also open to continuing professional development trainees whose professional activities require knowledge in systematics, biology and marine ecology.

Contact Person: Cécile Cabresin (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0831 - Fisheries", "1015 - Coastal and marine tourism", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0521 - Ecology


Venue: Station Biologique de Roscoff
Roscoff , France


Open from
10 Feb 2016 to 4 Mar 2016

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Registration fee : 89,10€

Accommodation is provided on site

Night fee – breakfast included 11€

Meals at the restaurant : 4,10€

Application Procedure:

Apply on line before the 4th of March 2016



Academic level: Master

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
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