• PROMEX Master Course

    PROMEX Master Course

    Exploration of the deep-seafloor has revealed unique ecosystems in a variety of extreme environments, such as hydrothermal vents, submarine canyons or methane seeps, as well as features associated with cold Read More
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While cumulative effects of human activities and climate-related changes are increasing in the deep ocean, the knowledge of functional relationships between species and their environment, and their sensitivity to disturbance, is still largely lacking.
There is a need for a large interdisciplinary research and training effort, in addition to public dissemination of the challenges and results, to help better assessments of the status and functions of these ecosystems. The chair proposes several activities to contribute filling this gap:

  • A 3-week international Master course dedicated to ‘deep-Sea ecosystem and extreme marine environments under global change' (PROMEX - Erasmus Mundus EMBC+ and UPMC Master SDUEE)
  • Interships granted to Master students or Engineer school students. The thesis are embedded in the chair research programme at the Benthic Ecogeochemistry laboratory (LECOB, Banyuls).
  • Tutored outreach projects in the second semester (UPMC Year 1 /Biology-Chemistry-Geology)

ARE Echelle - Tutored Outreach projects

Tutored projects are proposed in the second semester (UPMC Year 1 programme Biology-Chemistry-Geology). The 'ARE - Ateliers de Recherche Encadrée' are tutored projects aiming at developing student capacity for autonomy, reasoning and collaborative work in project teams, while illustrating the benefits of interaction between disciplines and confronting them to research activities. The context of deep-sea ecosystem research is offering a particularly relevant frame for these projects. Videos from submersible dives provide an ideal basis to introduce advance tools and current research issues in this field and the interdisciplinary approaches they require. One of our main goals is to contribute to enlarging knowledge of the temporal dynamics of biodiversity in the deep-sea, highlighting interactions between the biotic and abiotic components of these ecosystems.

PROMEX Master Course

sensor RiftiaExploration of the deep-seafloor has revealed unique ecosystems in a variety of extreme environments, such as hydrothermal vents, submarine canyons or methane seeps, as well as features associated with cold water corals or organic falls. While human pressures on deep-sea biodiversity hotspots are increasing, research and expertise are being developped to assess the richness and functions of these ecosystems and their sensitivity to disturbance. The PROMEX Master course aims at providing a comprehensive view of the biotic and abiotic drivers and their interactions in deep-sea biodiversity hotspots.

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