OEB 56. Geobiology and the History of Life


  • Professor: David T. Johnston, Andrew Knoll
  • Term: Spring
  • Days: M, W
  • Time: 10:30-11:45AM
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Course ID: 130331
  • Subject Area: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Within our solar system, Earth is distinguished as the planet with life. Life was born of planetary processes, has been sustained for some four billion years by planetary processes, and through time has emerged as a set of planetary processes that is important in its own right. In this course we will investigate the ways that Earth and life interact, focusing in particular on the biogeochemical cycles of major elements. This will provide a framework for interpreting the history of life reconstructed from fossils and phylogeny.

Note: OEB 56 is also offered as EPS 56. Students may not take both OEB 56 and EPS 56 for credit. Offered jointly with Faculty of Arts & Sciences as E-PSCI 56.

Requirement: EPS 21, 22, or Life Sciences 1b; or permission of instructor.