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 2017

Deutschsprachige Paläontologische Gesellschaften nehmen Stellung zum Regierungsentwurf der “Kulturgutschutz-Novellierung” und zum Schutz von paläontologischem Kulturgut Kulturgutschutzgesetz-Regierungsentwurf Science Festival 2017 Das 13. Science Festival findet am 25. und 26. Januar 2017 statt. Dieser Termin ist festgelegt auf den Halbjahreswechsel an den Schulen.
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New Publications Geobiology

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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First Circular of the 2nd Joint Conference of the Palaeontological Society and the Paläontologische Gesellschaft”
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