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Project in Environmental Biogeochemistry

Biogeochemical cycles of carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and other elements are fundamental for life on Earth. Through human activities, these biogeochemical cycles have been altered, resulting in environmental challenges such as global warming and eutrophication.

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Course period spring 2021: Thursday 18 February - Monday 22 March

Fundamental understanding of the biogeochemical cycles and how they are coupled, is vital in order to understand, address and predict the consequences of human perturbations. In this course, students who have taken Environmental Biogeochemistry (MI8017) will get a chance to further deepen their understanding within one or more of the following topics in an individual project:

  • Biogeochemical processes in soil, inland waters, coastal ocean, sediments and lower atmosphere
  • Interaction between biogeochemical cycles of several elements, and their seasonal and regional variation.
  • Key anthropogenic perturbations and their interactions with regional biogeochemical cycles
  • Effects of natural processes and perturbations on the fate and bioavailability of pollutants
  • Role of biogeochemistry in environmental management concepts and tools, e.g. ecosystem services and the EU Water Framework Directive.
  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course focuses on the individual project work. Lectures and seminars will also be given where, for example, oral and written presentation techniques are discussed. In the end of the course, the students will present her/his project both orally and written and also critically evaluate and give constructive feedback to peers. Each project will be supervised by a researcher that is knowledgeable in the topic.


    Markus Meili

  • 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 period spring 2021: Thursday 18 February - Monday 22 March

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Study counsellor

    Course coordinator

    Sofi Jonsson,
    Department of Environmental Science, Unit Biogeochemistry