Marine Ecology (BIOL-F-417)

This course was called Marine Biology (BIOL-F-417) but the name has been changed to better reflect the content.

Provisional schedule

Note that participation in the excursion and practicals are required to complete the course.


Date Time Lecture Lecturer Location
11/10/2023 09:00-12:00 Oceanography, geology, history, and technology MK VUB
17/10/2023 08:00-18:00 Excursion with Simon Stevin (ULB students) MK Oostend
18/10/2023 08:00-18:00 Excursion with Simon Stevin (VUB students) MK Oostend
25/10/2023 08:00-11:00 Analysis of data collected during the excursion MK VUB, 2 computer rooms
08/11/2023 09:00-12:00 Pelagic biological processes AVdP ULB
15/11/2023 09:00-12:00 Coral reef ecology MK VUB
22/11/2023 09:00-12:00 Benthic biological processes AVdP ULB
29/11/2023 09:00-12:00 Practical AVdP ULB
06/12/2023 09:00-12:00 Connectivity of populations MK VUB
13/12/2023 09:00-12:00 Case study: Southern Ocean + global change in the ocean AVdP ULB
20/12/2023 09:00-12:00 Questions AVdP+MK ULB
      AVdP: Anton Van der Putte
      MK: Marc Kochzius


1. Pelagic biological processes (2023-2024)

slides: Marine_ecology_pelagic_processes_avdp_20232024

1.0 Pelagic biological-processes course intro video

1.1 Pelagic biological processes general intro video

1-1_pelagic-biological-processes_pelgic-ecosystems_part1 audio

1-1_pelagic-biological-processes_pelgic-ecosystems_part2 audio

1-1_pelagic-biological-processes_pelgic-ecosystems_part3 audio

2. Benthic biological processes rocky shores

slides: marine-ecology_benthic-processes_avdp_20232024
videos: video rocky shores, video soft sediments
lectures: dropbox link

3. Practical Marine Biodiversity Data

Below are the files for the practical Marine Biodiversity Data. This includes the slides and the 2 files you will work with.

Species list: Download (csv)
Task overview: google doc

world countries shapefile (World_Countries_Boundaries-shp)

4. Global Change

Global change ocean_AVdP_20232024

5. Southern Ocean




Slides 2022-2023

  • Oceanography, geology, history, and technology
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Pelagic biological processes
  • Connectivity of populations
  • Case study: Southern Ocean + global change in the ocean


  1. Introduction to Marine Ecology
  2. Marine Biology schedule 2021-2022
  3. Marine_Biology_syllabus
  4. Global Change_2020_2021 slides
  5. Pelagic Biological Processes_20212022 slides
  6. Benthic processes_20212022 slides
  7. Southern Ocean 2020_2021 slides