M2 Evolutionary ecology in aquatic environments



The aim of the programme “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 modelling 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).


  • 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.

Knowledge and skills

At the end of this programme, 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.
  • Analyse, interpret and synthesize results to present them to scientists, managers and the general public.

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Training content

This one-year training programme is composed of

One semester of eight courses  (30  ECTS)  covering  evolutionary  ecology,  population  dynamics,  behavioural ecology, habitat restoration, space and time series analysis, sampling strategies, research initiation and language (French or Spanish), and One 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.



Evolutionary dynamics and management applications

State of the art methods and knowledge in evolutionary ecology for novel and adaptive management practices


Behavioral Ecology

Darwinian approach to the evolution of behaviour, methods, models, collaborative and guided applications


Population dynamics

From case studies, building models to estimating demographic parameters, and simulating dynamics


Time series and spatial analysis

Advanced training in statistical ecology for complex datasets


Sampling strategies and abundance estimation

Basic and advanced tools used in designing sampling approaches along with associating the appropriate modelling tools


Research initiation

Scientific methodologies and analyses for research-oriented projects


French or Spanish course

According to initial level, a final level CERCL-A2 (elementary) or B2 (autonomous) can be targeted


Ecological restoration of rivers

Diagnostic of dysfunctioning rivers and targeting restoration actions




Research project

Conducting a research project, from the elaboration of protocols to the analysis of data and drafting of a report (six months)


Control knowledge

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 defence

Access condition


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.

Minimum required score: CECRL B2 level in English


This formation is open to students who have completed a master degree, or who have validated an M1 degree or any other equivalent degree in Ecology and want to develop skills in evolutionary ecology of aquatic systems. Foreign students are requested to provide a similar degree.

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 formalisation
  • Have a taste for mathematical and statistical modelling tools and concepts.


Administrative tuition in France is determined at a national level. The French Ministerial Order of April 19, 2019, amended on June 9, 2020, sets university tuition for a Master Program as follows: European nationals: €243, extra-European nationals: €3770.

For academic year 2022-2023, the Board of Directors has extended its policy of automatically providing partial reduction of these fees at the UPPA. As a result, extra-European nationals will be granted automatic partial reductions such that they will be able to pay the same enrollment fees as European nationals.

Extra fees: 

In addition to academic tuition, most students must pay a student body fee (CVEC, which cost €92 in 2020-2021). 

NB: Admitted candidates in any course of study who have taken a break of more than two years from their studies will enroll via the UPPA’s Continuing Education service (Formation Continue / FORCO). They are exempt from the CVEC, however they may be subject to a different tuition scale.

Further studies

Students who completed the programme are granted a Master’s degree.

They can apply to PhD positions in evolutionary ecology of aquatic systems,  either  in  a  fully  academic  environment  or  in  interaction  with  corporate environment consultancy.

Organizational unit

Person in charge


Responsable M1 Sciences de l'eau

Collège STEE - Sciences Anglet
- 1 Allée du Parc Montaury
64600 Anglet
Phone : +33 559574447

Email : cedric.tentelier @ univ-pau.fr


  • Anglet

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Type of education

  • Foreign students
  • Ongoing training

Internship Mandatory (6 months)