Ge 104. Introduction to Geobiology. NOTE: THIS COURSE IS NOW TAUGHT BY PROF. W. FISCHER   9 units (3-1-5); first term. Prerequisite: instructor's permission. Lectures about the coevolution of life and Earth. Basic concepts in geology and biology are presented in the context of significant events in Earth's history. The course provides a brief introduction to essential concepts in biology and geology to provide a common foundation for all students. Important geobiological processes and major events are discussed, including fossilization, the earliest records of life, evolution of photosynthesis and the oxygenation of Earth's environment, origin of animals at the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary, extinction of invertebrates at the Permian-Triassic boundary, and the Eocene-Paleocene thermal crisis. A weekend field trip to modern and ancient geobiological sites. 

GE104 class photo (2008) Field Trip Santa Cruz, CA

GE104 Field trip- Panoche Hills, CA







Ge/ESE 170. Microbial Ecology. 9 units (3-2-4); third term. Prerequisite: ESE/Bi 166. Structural, phylogenetic, and metabolic diversity of microorganisms in nature. The course explores microbial interactions, relationships between diversity and physiology in modern and ancient environments, and influence of microbial community structure on biogeochemical cycles. Introduction to ecological principles and molecular approaches used in microbial ecology and geobiological investigations.


Ge/Bi 246. Molecular Geobiology Seminar. 6 units (2-0-4); second term. Critical reviews and discussion of classic papers and current research in microbiology and geo-microbiology. As the topics will vary from year to year, it may be taken multiple times.

TOPIC for 2012: Microbial Symbiosis