M. Denoël – Teaching

Behavioural ecology (zool0213)
Ecophysiology, Ethology (biol0809: partim “etho”)

The course is a complement to the general course of ethology given in the first cycle. It focuses on behavioural ecology and gives functional explanations to the complexity of behavioural patterns exhibited in varied environmental situations. The course explains how behaviours contribute to the survival and reproductive success of individuals and how the observed tactics and strategies have been selected. Optimality and maximalisation are of primary importance in this perspective. After a general introduction, the course is divided into three main chapters: resource exploitation, reproductive systems (sexual selection, mating systems, alternative reproductive behaviours, sperm competition) and interactions (parental care, life in groups, cooperation).

The lectures are given between September and December (Master in Biology of Organisms and Ecology “BOE” and master in Psychology).

 All supporting material for the lectures are available in ecampus (access limited to registered students).


For the practicals at Cologne Zoo (Integrated Ethometry Internship), check the specific webpage (deadline for registering!)

Ethometry (BIOL0853)

Ecology, Ethology and Conservation of Amphibians (zool0232)
Monitoring of the biodiversity and dynamics of populations (biol2033: ‘partim’ on amphibians)

The course is an introduction to amphibian ecology, ethology and conservation. It is at the interface between fundamental and applied sciences: from knowledge to conservation. The lectures consist in (1) a presentation of species diversity mainly in temperate regions ; (2) a review of their biological particularities: life cycle, intraspecific diversity (heterochrony), habitat, feeding habits, reproductive behaviour, sensory perspection ; (3) a discussion on ethics in amphibian research; and (4) an analysis of the status and decline of amphibians in function of varied risks (habitat change, pollutants, invasive species, emerging disease) as well as conservation management.

Lectures between September and November.

For the students of ZOOL0232: Practicals usually consist in a day in the field (site close to Liège, in Pays de Herve) in SEptember/Octover and/or March (non mandatory for students if they are abroad for their Master). Evaluation based on a report on a specific topic in amphibian conservation (written report, oral presentation and round table discussion).  Reports to be deposited the last Monday before Christmas holidays.

Supporting material for the preparation of the report: see ecampus (registered students).

Copyright: Lecture material and all supporting information are for internal use only and cannot be distributed (private printing allowed for the students). Posting this material on the web is forbidden.