Courant Research Centre ´´Geobiology´´

Courant Research Centre ´´Geobiology´´

Basic research performed by the Courant Research Centre of Geobiology will provide new insights into biologically influenced rock and mineral formation, prebiotic metabolic processes, the origin of life, and deep phylogenetic relationships of pro- and eukaryotes. Key innovative research questions include unravelling of the conditions, limits, and biodiversity of the deep biosphere in oceanic and continental crusts, reconstructions of evolutionary relationships of ancestral organisms ("living fossil" animals and plants), and investigation of molecular processes of biomineralization and (paleo ) biodiversity of benthic communities. New and refined methods of biosignature research are in demand, will be developed in this project and applied to the most spectacular and intriguing geobiological research goals of the next decade.