Inorganic Geochemistry

Lecturers: Moritz Holtappels, Simone Kasemann, Sabine Kasten


In marine environments, element cycles of carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, iron or manganese are affected by microbially mediated reactions and associated precipitation of mineral phases. This course offers an introduction to this link of bio- and geochemistry. Moreover, an emphasis will be given to theory and methods determining diffusive and advective matter transport. Likewise, the affect of microbial processes on the variability of light stable isotopes in biogeochemical cycles is illustrated.


At the end of this course the student will be able to:
a) identify microbially driven processes and understand the interrelation between the element cycles
b) apply methods in order to determine rates and fluxes of diffusive and advective transport
c) perceive the physical and chemical behaviour of light stable isotopes under natural environmental conditions.


Oral exam focusing on all three course topics offered in the module (30 min).

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mündliche Prüfung


Berner, R.A. (1980) Early Diagenesis: A Theoretical Approach
Hoefs, J. (2015) Stable Isotope Geochemistry.
Libes, S. (1992) An Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry
Schulz, H.D. and Zabel, M. (2006) Marine Geochemistry


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