This class will explore the origins, transport, and transformations of elements in the global environment. We will us quantitative approaches to understand physical, chemical, and biological controls on elemental cycles. Many of these elements cycle between the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere, and quantifying exchanges and fluxes between compartments is a critical component of understanding their distribution. We will also emphasize microbial processes that are critical in shaping biogeochemical cycles.
CHEM.1220 Chemistry II, and ENVI.2010 Earth Sys: Geosphere, or ENVI.2050 Earth Systems: Biosphere and Global Change, or BIOL.3150 Principles of Ecology, and Kennedy College of Science majors only.