It is announced that the call for registrations to ERACOM MSc program will open at 20 February 2016



Core course






Basile Michaelidis, Hans O. Pörtner, Felix Mark



Climate change and its effects on marine ecosystems emphasize the need for a common understanding of the climate sensitivity of marine organisms by physiologists, ecologists and climatologists. Understanding whole organism responses to climate warming link to ecosystem response and build on a suite of tissue, cellular, molecular and genomic events, in a systemic to molecular hierarchy of limitation. All of these are involved in setting limits to tolerance, shaping a species-specific, limited budget of tolerance over time beyond thermal limits. In this course two main drivers of climate change will discussed in extent, a) the global warming and b) the ocean acidification. Moreover, the synergistic impacts of the above climate change divers will be analysed and discussed as well. Emphasis will be given in the economical impacts of these two stressors on the farmed marine organism and mainly on molluscs and fish. 
Learning outcomes
In this course the students will learn:
  1. The physiological principals determining the thermal limits of marine organisms.
  2. The concept of oxygen and capacity limitation of thermal tolerance (OCLTT) was
    proposed as a matrix integrating the levels of biological organisation 
  3. The synergistic effects of environmental stressors including ocean acidification.
  4. They will learn how the adaptation to various climate regimes becomes visible in
    the positioning and width of thermal windows on the temperature scale.
  5. They will learn the correlations between RCM and physiological traits.
  6. To discuss tools and plans for Climate Adaptation. 
  1. Oral presentation (10%)
  2. Research paper (20%)
  3. Draft research paper (20%)
  4. Exams (50%)

 Course outline-lectures

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