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Geobiology has many faces: there is the microbial weathering of minerals, bacterial and skeletal biomineralization, the roles of autotrophic and heterotrophic metabolisms in elemental cycling, the redox history in the oceans and its relationship to evolution and the origin of life itself..
This book is the first to set out a coherent set of principles that underpin geobiology, and will act as a foundational text that will speed the dissemination of those principles. The chapters have been carefully chosen to provide intellectually rich but concise summaries of key topics, and each has been written by one or more of the leading scientists in that field..
Fundamentals of Geobiology is aimed at advanced undergraduates and graduates in the Earth and biological sciences, and to the growing number of scientists worldwide who have an interest in this burgeoning new discipline.
Additional resources for this book can be found at: http://www.wiley.com/go/knoll/geobiology.
1. What is Geobiology?, 1
Andrew H. Knoll, Donald E. Canfield, and Kurt O. Konhauser
1.1 Introduction, 1
1.2 Life interacting with the Earth, 2
1.3 Pattern and process in geobiology, 2
1.4 New horizons in geobiology, 3
2. The Global Carbon Cycle: Biological Processes, 5
Paul G. Falkowski
2.1 Introduction, 5
2.2 A brief primer on redox reactions, 5
2.3 Carbon as a substrate for biological reactions, 5
2.4 The evolution of photosynthesis, 8
2.5 The evolution of oxygenic phot... MORE
Donald E. Canfield is Professor of Ecology at the University of Southern Denmark and Director of the Nordic Center for Earth Evolution (NordCEE). Canfield uses the study of modern microbes and microbial ecosystems to understand the evolution of Earth surface chemistry and biology through time. Canfield is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
Kurt O. Konhauser is a Professor of Geomicrobiology at the University of Alberta. He is Editor-in-Chief for the journal, Geobiology, and author of the textbook, Introduction to Geomicrobiology. His research focuses on metal-mineral-microbe interactions in both modern and ancient environments.