12.007 Geobiology

Spring 2003

Biogeochemical Carbon Cycle.
Biogeochemical Carbon Cycle. (Courtesy of Prof. Julian Sachs.)

Course Highlights

This course includes detailed lecture notes and reading lists, as well as sample exams.

Course Description

The interactive Earth system: biology in geologic, environmental and climate change throughout Earth history. Since life began it has continually shaped and re-shaped the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and the solid earth. This course introduces the concept of 'life as a geological agent' and examines the interaction between biology and the earth system during the roughly 4 billion years since life first appeared.
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Prof. Julian Sachs
Prof. Roger Summons

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session