Microbial Ecology

EARTH 390-0-02: Special Topics in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Instructor: Dr. Osburn

Winter Term 2016

Lecture M/W/F 12:00-12:50pm, Discussion TBD

Are microbes important to the Earth System? Yes! This course will explore the fundamental controls on distribution, diversity, and activity of microbes across the Earth. We will focus on the dynamics within and between populations including ecological interactions between microbes and other microbes, higher organisms, and geochemical fluxes. The course will culminate in a survey of the ecology of microbe-rich environments on Earth today including the ocean, soils, the subsurface, extreme environments, and the human body!

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