BIOL 483: Environmental Biogeochemistry
(Cross-listed with ENSCI, GEOL). Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered odd-numbered years.
Prereq: Combined 12 credits in biology, chemistry, and physics.
An exploration of biological, physical and geochemical impacts on the structure and function of ecosystems from local to global scales. Emphasis on the cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, and metals, and how these have been impacted by human activity. Topics may include biological feedbacks to climate change, microbial physiology and redox reactions, plant/soil feedbacks, terrestrial/aquatic linkages, early Earth processes and the origins of life.