The interplay between Geology and Biology has shaped the Earth from the early dawn of life 3.8 billion years ago. Biological processes can act as a geological force by altering chemical environments, but life itself must respond to changing global conditions. On microscopic as well as global scales, the metabolic activity of organisms may induce the precipitation of minerals and the accumulation of ores, but also the destruction of geological structures, for example through the biocorrosion of minerals and rocks.
Combining modern methods, we extract geobiological information not only from visible remains of organisms, but also from organic molecules, rock fabrics, minerals, isotopes and other tracers.
Moving beyond the borders of the classical core disciplines, we identify cause-and-effect chains and synergisms between the geo- and the biospheres, and how they have been driving the evolution of life in the present and in the past.

News 2018

Archaische Bakterienriffe in pinkfarbener Salzlake
Göttinger Geo- und Mikrobiologen auf Expedition im Indischen Ozean

Tongrube Willershausen
Vortrag: Sonntag, 04. Februar 2018,
14.30 Uhr in der Auetalhalle Willershausen
Die Fossillagerstätte Tongrube Willershausen – Neue geobiologische Einblicke in eine Welt vor 3 Millionen Jahren!
(Prof. Dr. Joachim Reitner, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

Veranstaltungen der Vortragsreihe “Zeit”
Vortrag: Donnerstag, 08. Februar 2018
im Phaeno in Wolfsburg.
Expedition in die Tiefe der Zeit: über geologische Altersbestimmung und frühestes Leben auf der Erde
(Dr. Jan Peter Duda, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

Vortragsreihe “Zeit” 2018

New Publications

Georg-August-University Göttingen
Geoscience Centre, GZG

Dep. Geobiology

Gabriele Schmidt
Goldschmidtstr. 3
37077 Göttingen
Deutschland / Germany

phone: ++49-(0)551-39 7951
facsimile: ++49(0)551-39 7918

vacant positions
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