Geobiology

The interplay between Geology and Biology has shaped the Earth from the early dawn of life 3.8 billion years ago. Biological processes can act as a geological force by altering chemical environments, but life itself must respond to changing global conditions. On microscopic as well as global scales, the metabolic activity of organisms may induce the precipitation of minerals and the accumulation of ores, but also the destruction of geological structures, for example through the biocorrosion of minerals and rocks.
Combining modern methods, we extract geobiological information not only from visible remains of organisms, but also from organic molecules, rock fabrics, minerals, isotopes and other tracers.
Moving beyond the borders of the classical core disciplines, we identify cause-and-effect chains and synergisms between the geo- and the biospheres, and how they have been driving the evolution of life in the present and in the past.


News 2017

Fossil des Jahres 2017
Die dickschalige Auster Pycnodonte (Phygraea) vesiculare
Fossil des Jahres 2017
26th International Plant Taphonomy Workshop 2017 at the University of Göttingen
Second Circular

New Publications




Georg-August-University Göttingen
Geoscience Centre, GZG

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Dep. Geobiology

Gabriele Schmidt
Goldschmidtstr. 3
37077 Göttingen
Deutschland / Germany

phone: ++49-(0)551-39 7951
facsimile: ++49(0)551-39 7918

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News/Geobiology

First Circular of the 2nd Joint Conference of the Palaeontological Society and the Paläontologische Gesellschaft”