12.458 Molecular Biogeochemistry

As taught in: Fall 2009

Hot spring sample of biomass.

Yellowstone National Park 'Ojo Caliente' hot spring sample of biomass from a 'streamer' community. (Image by Prof. Roger Summons.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Roger Summons

Course Description

This course evaluates and discusses the formation and diagnostic structural properties of organic compounds with particular emphasis on those molecules which form chemical fossils. The course is structured around the biosynthetic and phylogenetic origins of recalcitrant hydrocarbons.