Section for GeoBiology

At the Geobiology Section, the interplay between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere is in focus.

The aim of the Geobiology Section is to study the interactions between Earth’s lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, as expressed in the geologic record and in extant environments. Life’s activities have had a defining influence of the evolution of Earth. Insight into the interactions between life and Earth’s physical environments is the key to managing contemporary global problems, decoding the origins of life, and for finding life elsewhere in the universe.




Our research is based on decoding information about Earth’s surface environments stored in geologic materials. We study structures from nanometre to planetary length-scales developed during timespans from seconds to billions of years. Our main techniques are combinations of field geology, Earth system modelling and the development of new tools applied at the elemental, isotopic, molecular and mineralogical scale.


















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