The aim of the program “Evolutionary Ecology in Aquatic Environments” is to train scientific experts able to design experiments and models in order to produce knowledge in evolutionary ecology relevant to the management of aquatic ecosystems. It is backed by the Federation for Research in water resources and aquatic ecosystems (MIRA) which includes research experts and skills in the fields of evolutionary response of aquatic species to anthropic pressures and modeling of aquatic populations and ecosystems.
The master is fully taught in English and is hosted at the College of Sciences and Technologies for Energy and Environment (STEE) of the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) in Anglet (France).
The STEE College has been founded within the framework of the prestigious French Initiative of Excellence label I-SITE (Initiatives Sciences, Innovation, Territories, and Economy), obtained by our E2S-UPPA project.
The one-year training program is composed of 1) a semester of eight courses (30 ECTS) covering evolutionary ecology, population dynamics, behavioral ecology, habitat restoration, space and time series analysis, sampling strategies, research initiation and language (French or Spanish), and 2) a 6-month-long internship (30 ECTS) in a research laboratory. Each course is organized in lectures, tutorial classes, and practical works, and supplemented by online material.
Each unit of the coursework is evaluated through ongoing and summative assessments. Skills and knowledge are mainly assessed through the writing of synthesis reports based on real-world case studies. The internship will be evaluated through a thesis and an oral defense.
- Prepare students at an advanced specialized level to meet present and future challenges in the ecology of aquatic environments,
- Develop research skills to engage in quality and successful research on the evolutionary ecology of aquatic systems,
- Prepare students for leading positions in corporate and academic research departments.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the end of this program, the students will be able to:
- Set up relevant experiments and theoretical models to describe the evolution of anthropized aquatic ecosystems.
- Manage and conduct experiments from sampling design to data collection and statistical analysis.
- Analyze, interpret and synthesize results to present them to scientists, managers, and the general public.
Prospects for employment or further study
Students who completed the program are granted a Master’s degree. They can apply to Ph.D. positions in the evolutionary ecology of aquatic systems, either in a fully academic environment or in interaction with corporate environment consultancy.
- Evolutionary dynamics and management applications
- Behavioral Ecology
- Population dynamics
- Time-series and spatial analysis
- Sampling strategies and abundance estimation
- Research initiation
- French or Spanish course
- Ecological restoration of rivers
English Language Requirements:
- Minimum required score: CECRL B2 level in English
- Minimum required score: CECRL B1 level in French
This formation is open to students who have completed a master's degree, or who have validated an M1 degree or any other equivalent degree in Ecology and want to develop skills in the evolutionary ecology of aquatic systems. Foreign students are requested to provide a similar degree.
Admission is based after submission of the following application documents: a cover letter describing the student’s motivation and career plan, the transcript of records and the consistency between the academic curriculum and project (former academic subjects and internships).
The applicant must also:
- have scientific knowledge in the field of aquatic environment ecology.
- master the key concepts of population genetics and dynamics, functional ecology, ecotoxicology, and their formalization
- have a taste for mathematical and statistical modeling tools and concepts.
Applicants must be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An applicant whose native language is not English has to take a recognized international English test.
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