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Spring 2013-2014
GEO 535   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Biogeochemical Cycles in Earth History - Isotope Geochemistry of the Biologically Important Elements

Daniel M. Sigman

Examines the use of stable isotope measurements to reconstruct important biogeochemical and environmental processes, today and over geologic time. Following a review of fundamentals and terminology, application of the isotope systems of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, and other elements will be investigated. Introductory lectures by the instructor and student presentations based on readings from the scientific literature.

Sample reading list:
Robert E. Criss, Oxford Univ. Press, 264 pg. (1999), Principles of Stable Isotope Distribution
Zachary Sharp, Pearson Prentice Hall Press, (2007), Principles of Stable Isotope Distribution
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading material to be provided by instructor

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42450 S01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Guyot Hall   154   Enrolled:10 Limit:20