Ecotoxicology

Présentation

The aim of this course is to give the students an introduction to environmental science and ecotoxicology, and to contribute to the student's knowledge about how pollutant chemicals released in nature may cause adverse effects in organsisms, populations and ecosystems.

Objectifs

By the end of this course, students will
1) Know the different classes of pollutants, major sources of pollution, the environmental behaviour and fate of pollutants in ecosystems
2) Understand how toxicants interact with and impact biological organisms. We will learn about mechanisms of toxicity, how organisms accumulate and excrete toxic compounds, and the effects of toxicants on individuals, populations, and whole ecosystems.
3) Know how ecotoxicology is measured in practice. We will learn about standardized toxicity tests, alternative testing strategies, and the use of quantitative modeling for Ecological Risk Assessment.
4) Be able to critically analyze primary scientific literature. Students will read ecotoxicology papers and identify important points and summary measurements for comparison within the literature on the same toxicant and between contaminants of interest. More importantly, students will be able to read these papers critically, understanding the limitations of certain measurements or assumptions and identifying potential weaknesses of the methodology or analysis.

Conditions d'admission

Water chemistry

Volume horaire

  • Cours Magistral : 35h
  • Travaux Dirigés : 15h

Compétences visées

Key Skills Acquired
1. The ability to define and interpret effective concentrations (e.g. LC50, EC50)
2. Skills to undertake risk and hazard assessments of chemicals, based on physico-chemical parameters and ecotoxicological index
3. Skills to estimate the effects of chemical substances on populations of organisms
4. Competency to use characteristics and measured properties to interpret and assess the risks posed by chemicals for organisms, in various work contexts

 

Bloc 1

Recueillir des données dans des bases de données appropriées

Bloc 2

Définir une stratégie de  collecte et d'analyse des données environnementales

Évaluer la qualité physique, chimique et biologique des milieux aquatiques

Bloc 3

Communiquer autour de connaissances scientifiques avec des publics variés, à l'oral et l'écrit, en Français et en Anglais

Examens

1st : Continuous assessment

  • Written theory examination (60%)
  • Case study and oral presentation (40%)

2nd : Written exam

By completion of University Unit Evaluation Questionnaire by students, annual assessment by Unit Co-ordinator.

Syllabus

Topics covered include:

  • Types of pollution, pollutants
  • Sources of pollutants
  • Reactivity and fate of pollutants in ecosystems

Bibliographie

  • Walker, C. H., Sibly, R. M., Hopkin, S. P., Peakall, D. B. (2012). Principles of Ecotoxicology. CRC Press, Boca Raton, USA.
  • Hoffman, D. J., Rattner, B. A., Burton, G. A., Cairns, J. (1995). Handbook of Ecotoxicology. Lewis, Boca Raton, USA

En bref

Crédits ECTS 5.0

Contact(s)

Composante

Responsable(s)

Lanceleur Laurent (AGENT CONTRACTUEL RECHERCHE)

COLLEGE STEE SITE ANGLET
1 Allée du Parc Montaury
64600 ANGLET
Tél : +33 559407767

Email : laurent.lanceleur @ univ-pau.fr

Monperrus Mathilde (MAITRE DE CONFERENCES DES UNIVERSITES)

Responsable M2 QuaMA

COLLEGE STEE - Sciences Anglet
- 1 Allée du Parc Montaury
64600 ANGLET
Tél : +33 559574416

Email : mathilde.monperrus @ univ-pau.fr

Bolliet Valerie (PROFESSEUR DES UNIVERSITES)

Responsable Mention Master STAEE

COLLEGE STEE - Sciences Anglet
- 1 Allée du Parc Montaury
64600 Anglet
Tél : +33 559574446

Email : valerie.bolliet @ univ-pau.fr

LE FAUCHEUR Séverine

Lieu(x)

  • Anglet