05-MAR-2-C9 Biogeochemical Processes: Projects

Representatives: Marcus Elvert, Matthias Zabel


Based on theoretical foundations given in module “Biogeochemistry I”, we focus on practical applications in our lab facillities. After a one-day field exercise for biogeochemical sampling of marine sediments, each student 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 expanded by special lectures and exercises. For example, principles of geochemical modeling are trained and applied.

Learning Outcome

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


Contents of topics and research themes provided in "Biogeochemistry I" (05M-MAR-1-C3-1).


6 CP (180 h) / 5 SWS

60 h for supplementary lectures, exercises, and 1 day field work
70 h for home and lab work
50 h for the documentaion of the project / writing the report


module exam (one mark): 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.