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Ocean Sciences: Marine Biogeochemistry

Discover new insights about carbon and nitrogen biogeochemical cycles in the open ocean, from the surface to the deep !

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CIVIS focus area
Climate, environment and energy
Open to
  • Master's
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 1
Course dates
6, 8 & 13 October 2021

Main topics addressed

The main topics that will be addressed during the course are :

  • Rapid overview on the knowledges and the involved metabolic processes
  • Insights into the ocean’s biological carbon pump, that regulates Earth carbon cycle by transporting part of the photosynthetically fixed CO2 into the deep ocean
  • New paradigms about nitrogen fixation that allows to enrich marine ecosystems
  • The mesopelagic zones and the role of prokaryote in the degradation of the organic matter
  • Ecology of the mesopelagic zone, example of bioluminescence  and its links with the biological carbon pump


This course is part of the European University of Ocean Sciences, a coordinated set of activities and programmes within CIVIS which explore vital questions for Europe's marine and maritime environments. 

Language: English  Dates: 6, 8 & 13 October 
Format: Virtual

N° of places for CIVIS students: 10

Contact: Valérie Michotey - valé

This course is spread over three days for a total duration of 10 hours : 

  • 6 October 2021: 10.00 -12.00 CET
  • 8 October 2021: 14.00 - 18.00 am CET
  • 13 October 2021: 8.00-12.00 CET


Applicants should be Master's or PhD students at one of the CIVIS member universities.

A basic knowledge of biogeochemistry and microbial ecology is required, as well as a working knowledge of English (at least B2 level).

Application process

Applicants should send their CV and a cover letter (maximum 500 words) by 5 October 2021 to valé


The assessment will be based an oral presentation of a scientific article. The course does not offer any ECTS. However, after their oral presentation, students will reveive a certificate of attendance. 

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All the instructors of this course are performing their research at the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography.