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12.007 Geobiology

As taught in: Spring 2009

Computer-generated image of Earth with continents aggregated together.

This is a paleographic reconstruction of the Earth 260 million years ago - a computer simulation showing where the continents were likely located at this point in history. (Image courtesy of Ron Blakey. Used with permission.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Roger Summons

Prof. Tanja Bosak

Course Features

Course Description

This course introduces parallel evolution of life and the environment. Life processes are influenced by chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and the solid earth. In turn, life can influence chemical and physical processes on our planet. This course introduces the concept of life as a geological agent and examines the interaction between biology and the earth system during the roughly four billion years since life first appeared.