The objectives of this course are (1) to provide a mechanistic and qualitative understanding of biogeochemical processes in aquatic environments (in particular oceans) and (2) to describe interactions between microorganisms and the geosphere. The course will focus on organisms that are involved in mineral precipitation and dissolution, organic carbon degradation, and control the distribution of elements, such as C, O, N, P, Mn, Fe, and S in diverse environments at and below the Earth's surface.
This course deals with the interactions between the biosphere and geosphere. The focus is on modern environments and the two-way linkage between organisms and their surroundings. We will cover the basic concepts and approaches in biogeochemistry and the organism involved. The distribution, growth and metabolism of selected organism will be related to the major biogeochemical cycles (e.g. C, N, P, S, Fe) and to processes such as redox transformations and mineral dissolution/precipitation. The course also deals with the basis of molecular techniques, use of isotopes in (microbial) ecology and conceptual models for microbial processes and biogeochemical cycles. The course will be useful for those interested in bioremediation, biogeochemical processes in present and past ecosystems, the effect of climate and global change on the functioning of System Earth. Students will present and discuss debated issues at the interface of the biosphere and geosphere.
|Je moet een geldige toelatingsbeschikking hebben|
Bronnen van zelfstudie
|Essential: BSc. or equivalent degree in Biology or Earth Sciences or related field. Useful background: basic knowledge of geochemistry and general biology.|
|Internet and material provided online.||Verplicht materiaal|
|HandoutsHandouts and ppt/pdf files distributed via WebCT.
Handouts van powersheet.
BeoordelingTerm paper (15%); presentations (15%); final examination (70%).