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EESC 3335 Topics in Geobiology (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Geobiology is broadly concerned with the dynamic interface between biology and geology as deduced from Earth's 4-billion-year rock record. These long term interactions between the biosphere and the lithosphere that have resulted in irreversible changes in the Earth's surface environment. Course content begins with a review of Earth systems science and biogeochemical cycles along with the organisms that produce those cycles. Next, we examine the role played by the environment in biological evolution—biogeography, speciation, extinction, and species richness through geologic time. We end with the evolution of the atmosphere and oceans, including the study of global warming.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Paul K. Strother

Prerequisites: Two years of college work or permission of the instructor

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Last Updated: 13-May-15