About the course
With this course 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 involves lectures, exercises, and laboratory practice.