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Cursus: GEO4-1440
GEO4-1440
Microbes and Biogeochemistry
Cursus informatie
CursuscodeGEO4-1440
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Graduate School Geowetenschappen; M Earth Sciences;
Contactpersoonprof. dr. J.B.M. Middelburg
E-mailj.b.m.middelburg@uu.nl
Docenten
Contactpersoon van de cursus
prof. dr. J.B.M. Middelburg
Overige cursussen docent
Blok
1  (03-09-2018 t/m 09-11-2018)
Aanvangsblok
1
TimeslotA: MA-ochtend, DI-namiddag, WO-ochtend
Onderwijsvorm
Voltijd
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 28-05-2018 08:00 t/m 24-06-2018 23:59
AanmeldingsprocedureOsiris
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
VoorinschrijvingNee
Na-inschrijvingJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 20-08-2018 08:00 t/m 21-08-2018 23:59
WachtlijstNee
PlaatsingsprocedureStudiepunt/Student desk
Cursusdoelen
The objectives of this course are (1) to provide a mechanistic and qualitative understanding of biogeochemical processes in aquatic environments (in particular oceans) and (2) to describe interactions between microorganisms and the geosphere. The course will focus on organisms that are involved in mineral precipitation and dissolution, organic carbon degradation, and control the distribution of elements, such as C, O, N, P, Mn, Fe, and S in diverse environments at and below the Earth's surface.
Inhoud
This course deals with the interactions between the biosphere and geosphere. The focus is on modern environments and the two-way linkage between organisms and their surroundings. We will cover the basic concepts and approaches in biogeochemistry and the organism involved. The distribution, growth and metabolism of selected organism will be related to the major biogeochemical cycles (e.g. C, N, P, S, Fe) and to processes such as redox transformations and mineral dissolution/precipitation. The course also deals with the basis of molecular techniques, use of isotopes in (microbial) ecology and conceptual models for microbial processes and biogeochemical cycles. The course will be useful for those interested in bioremediation, biogeochemical processes in present and past ecosystems, the effect of climate and global change on the functioning of System Earth. Students will present and discuss debated issues at the interface of the biosphere and geosphere.

Development of Transferable Skills
  • Written communication skills: Students are expected to write term papers and a short research proposal.
  • Verbal communication skills: Students will present a lecture for the general audience about a recent topic in Biogeochemistry.
  • Strong work ethic: students are assigned tasks early in the course with fixed deadlines and have to organize themselves in order to  deliver on time.
  • Analytical skills: the material offered comprises many aspects and students are supposed to elucidate complex issues crossing disciplinary boundaries.
Ingangseisen
Je moet een geldige toelatingsbeschikking hebben
Voorkennis
Essential: BSc. or equivalent degree in Biology or Earth Sciences or related field. Useful background: basic knowledge of geochemistry and general biology.
Bronnen van zelfstudie
Internet and material provided online.
Verplicht materiaal
Handouts
Handouts and ppt/pdf files distributed via Blackboard. Handouts van powersheet.
Werkvormen
Lectures

Toetsen
Eindresultaat
Weging100
Minimum cijfer-

Beoordeling
Term paper (15%); presentations (15%); final examination (70%).

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