Semester of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course gives an overview of main groups of microorganisms that are important in biogeochemical element cycles, and how they influence on the dissolution and degradation of minerals and rocks, and on the precipitation and formation of new mineral deposits. Analytical methods and techniques for identification of microorganisms in materials from various geological settings will be introduced and demonstrated. Emphasis will be on the coherence between metabolic processes and geochemical processes. A special focus is on deep-sea sediments and hydrothermal systems.
After completion of the course the student should be able to:
- give an overview of the most important microbial metabolisms in biogeochemical cycles
- give an overview of methods for detection and identification of microorganisms in geological material
- explain how the microbial processes mediate dissolution of minerals/rocks, and formation of new, secondary minerals
- explain the link between geochemical profiles and microbial processes in different geological settings
Required Previous Knowledge
Basic principles in earth science, biology, chemistry or equivalent.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Basic principles in microbiology and aquatic geochemistry
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Written tasks (essay and lab.journal). Approved compulsory activities are only valid in the current semester.
Forms of Assessment
Portfolio assessment: essay, lab.journal
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Type of assessment: Approved assignment
- Withdrawal deadline