Water-Rock-Microbe Interactions & the Deep Biosphere
The Deep Biosphere is a relatively unexplored frontier and studies of biodiversity here offer unique opportunities to examine the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive microbial diversity, community organisation and microbial interactions.
Fluids that circulate through the earth’s crust and mix with the ocean waters above are responsible for the exchange of elements between the crust and sea water. The processes involved are as yet poorly understood, but are critically important for complete models of marine chemistry and global element cycling.
Water-Rock-Microbe Interactions & Deep Biosphere scientists:
Ingunn Thorseth (Theme Leader)
Steffen Leth Jørgensen (Theme Co-leader)
Jan Van der Roost
Ingeborg Elisabet Økland
About Water-Rock-Microbe Interactions
While originally believed to be strictly physical and chemical in nature, researchers are now coming to understand that water-rock interactions are strongly influenced by microbial activity and metabolic processes.
See what projects the Water-Rock-Microbe & the Deep Biosphere theme is working on now! (Updated June 2014)
Theme Goals and Methods
The questions and objectives the theme pursues and the main methods they use in their research
Excellent Results from a Centre of Excellence
In 2007 the Centre for Geobiology (CGB) was established through the Research Council of Norway’s Centre of Excellence Scheme. This week Centre post-doc, Steffen Leth Jørgensen, is one of the first author’s on a ground-breaking paper that is published in Nature.