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Organic Geochemistry

  • 7.5 credits
Collage of students and chemistry tubes and forms

The course can be described by two keywords: Molecular fossils and The Carbon Cycle. You will gain knowledge about the composition, production, preservation and degradation of natural organic matter, but also organic contaminants. The course also covers the long (geological) and short-term Carbon cycle and its linkage to greenhouse gases and climate research. A focus lies on the analysis and use of organic 'molecular fossils' - which can be traced back to the origin of life, but are also commonly used in paleoclimate research. Teaching is involves studying written material, recorded lectures and exercises. Regular video meetings will be held.

This course is given on-site & by distance

  • Course structure

    Assessment

    Is based on a written/oral assessment at the end of the course. Assessment criteria are:

    A = Excellent
    B = Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Sufficient
    Fx = Insufficient
    F = Entirely insufficient

    The assessment criteria will be outlined at the start of the course. To pass the course, a minimum grade E is necessary.

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    S Killops & V Killops, 2013
    Introduction to Organic Geochemistry
    Blackwell Publishing Ltd. , 2nd edition
    ISBN:9780632065042
    ISBN:9781118697214

  • Contact

    Rienk SmittenbergSenior lecturer, Isotope organic geochemistry
    Rienk Smittenberg
    rienk.smittenberg[at]geo.su.se
    +46 (0)8 16 47 60 | Room: R305