Naming the organisms is crucial to survey biodiversity and identify biodiversity hotspots. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the diversity of Mediterranean marine and terrestrial habitats. This course aims at providing the necessary tools to start studies involving taxonomy of marine organisms such as zooplankton, ichtyo-, macro-fauna as well as phytoplankton and macro-algae. The course relies on lectures, field sampling and laboratory work. It offers the opportunity to learn taxonomy, observe taxa in natural habitat and get an insight into their biology. In ecology, the different habitats are discussed: pelagic and benthic, sandy, muddy and rocky bottoms, the coralligenous, the Posidonia meadow for the marine part, the lagoon habitat for the "land-sea transition” as well as the “maquis” and the forest habitat for the terrestrial environment. This teaching unit aims at providing the student with basic knowledge on the functioning of these habitats and the ecological conditions necessary for their development. Sea and land excursions are organized to discover the diversity of habitats and collect samples for practical work. In class, students will learn how to use taxonomic keys to identify harvested organisms.

This course is intended for students (Licence 3 and Master 1), doctoral students as well as employees wishing to improve their knowledge about the diversity of Mediterranean habitats and the associated flora and fauna through continuing education learn.

Summer school from July 1 to 19, 2024 - Registrations from March 11 to 25, 2023.

Registration details

Profile of candidates

Master students. Possibly open to Bachelor students or PhD students.
Employees through continuing education.


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Essential Equipment

  • shoes for walking in sea water (essential on the rocky coast because of the sea urchins)
  • shoes for land excursions.

Swimsuit, swimming fins, mask and snorkel are not compulsory but may prove useful for field excursion.

Teacher team from Sorbonne University

Jadwiga Orignac (MC), Sophie Sanchez-Brosseau (MC), François Lantoine (MC), Franck Lartaud (MC), Raphaël Lami (MC), Pascal Conan (MC), Laurence Besseau (MC), Audrey Pruski (MC).

With the support of the sea services.

Observatoire Océanologique
de Banyuls-sur-Mer
1 avenue Pierre Fabre
66650 Banyuls-sur-Mer
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