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Isotope Geology

The course covers preparation and measurement methods of isotopes including data reduction, distribution of light stable and radiogenic isotopes in nature, changes in isotope values over geologic time scales in some important reservoirs (e.g., sulfur in seawater), mixing models, and an orientation in some applications in geochemistry, petrology and biology.

Course period Autumn 2021: Monday November 1–Wednesday December 1 (incorrect study period in the right column).

Autumn term 21 | The course will be given on campus. But this information could be updated before the start of the course depending on the situation at that time.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of thirteen 2h lectures and 8 exercises (the programming language R is used in the exercises). The course is given by the Department of Geological Sciences and Natural museum of history (two example lectures).

    Your teachers on the course are Carl-Magnus Mörth, Helen Coxall, Joakim Mansfeld and Martin Whitehouse


    The course is examined through a written exam placed at the end of the course. Grading takes place according to a seven-point grading scale:

    A = Excellent
    B = Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Sufficient
    Eg = Insufficient
    F = Totally insufficient

    For passing, a minimum grade of E is required.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department 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.

    William M. White, 2015
    Isotope Geochemistry
    ISBN: 978-0-470-65670-9

  • Course reports

    Course evaluations allow the possibility to affect and take responsibility for your own learning and gives important information for our work with pedagogical development.

    It's important that all students complete the course evaluations after each course, it gives the Department the opportunity to improve the courses' quality.

    The course evaluation is composed of a number of questions and specific questions for each course. If you, as a student, want to contribute with more course specific questions you may send them to

    If you haven't received the course evaluation for your finished course, or if you have other questions regarding course evaluations at IGV please contact

    Course evaluation = student's review of the course
    Course report = course leader's reflections about the review

  • Contact

    Carl-Magnus MörthProfessor of Environmental geochemistry
    Carl-Magnus Mörth
    +46 (0)8 16 47 31 | Room: R301