Biogeochemistry II

Lecturers: Matthias Zabel, Marcus Elvert, Verena Heuer, Sabine Kasten, Lars-Peter Wörmer


Based on theoretical foundations given in module “Biogeochemistry I”, we now focus on practical applications in our labs. In addition to a one-to-two-day field exercise for biogeochemical sampling of marine sediments, groups of students will work on small, interdisciplinary projects, which will be designed according to recent, typical research questions in the fields of marine organic and inorganic geochemistry and biogeochemistry. Additionally, specific topics from the previous module are deepened and expanded by special lectures and exercises. For example, principles of geochemical modeling are trained and applied.


After successful participation students will be familiar with fundamental lab methods in organic and inorganic geochemistry, which are essential for scientific geochemical work. Students will be able to objective-oriented and problem-based work independently as well as in a team. In an optimal case, students should be able to describe open questions in our research field and provide conceptions of the ocean as a geochemical system.


The assessment is based on a paper presentation (25%) and a written report (75%). The report should document the project work and has to be written in the style of a scientific article. The participation in the field and lab exercises is mandatory.


written report


Canfield, Thamdrup & Kristensen (eds) (2005) Aquatic Geomicrobiology, Academic Press.
Boudreau & Joergensen (eds) (2001) The benthic boundary layer. Oxford Press.
Grob & Barry (2004) Modern Practice of Gas Chromatography, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1045 pages.
Ardrey (2003) Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 296 pages.
Broekaert (2001) Analytical Atomic Spectrometry with Flames and Plasmas, Wiley-VCH, 364 pages.
Schulz & Zabel (eds) (2006) Marine Geochemistry. 2nd ed., Springer Verlag.

Home page Lars-Peter Wörmer
Home page Verena Heuer
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Home page Marcus Elvert
Home page Sabine Kasten