Introductory Field Session M1


The introductory field session enables us to (i) present the overall direction of the Masters and the different specialties within it; and (ii) to give a common basis in functional and evolutionary ecology to all the students. The session takes place over a week, and is based near Pontarlier in the Jura area. This facilitates the integration of students and teachers in a friendly context, outside the University.

This unit includes :

  • Seminars in the classroom and the field by lecturers from Besançon and Dijon.
  • A tutored project in small groups, where students must develop a protocol aimed at addressing a research question
  • Oral presentation of this protocol.

Learning Objectives:

Theoretical learning outcomes:
• Extending knowledge, through field approaches, about basic concepts of functional and evolutionary ecology, and about the different steps of the scientific approach.
Technical learning outcomes:
• Working through one or several precise and relevant research question(s).
• Designing an adapted and realistic sampling protocol.
• Working in a group and orally presenting in English, using a written visual support, results concerning a scientific question and the related sampling protocol.


Basic knowledge in ecology and biodiversity, and in taxonomy and fauna and flora inventories.


Oral presentation by group, at the end of the field session.

Recommended Reading:

Guide naturaliste du Jura.

Related Media:

Into the Wild. 1996. John Krakauer (book)
Into the Wild. 2007. Sean Penn (movie)


Francis RAOUL,