Molecular Ecosystem Sciences B. Sc.

Terrestrial Biogeochemistry

In this module we will analyze processes and reactions taking place at the interface of the Biosphere, Lithosphere, Hydrosphere and Atmosphere. We will focus on the following themes: principles and tools (element ratios, mass balance, and element cycling); Biogeochemical reactions in the atmosphere; rock weathering and soil development; net primary production and its fate; Biogeochemical cycling in land plants and soil; Biogeochemistry of terrestrial wetlands. This will be the basis for the understanding the role of biochemistry in Global Change processes. The module includes lectures, field/laboratory work, data analyses and interpretation.