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PhD course Molecular Organic Biogeochemistry

Nebroc and Ecolmas PhD course

27 September - 1 October 2010

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel

Instructors: Stefan Schouten, Jaap Sinninghe Damsté, Jan de Leeuw, Ellen Hopmans, Marcel van der Meer (NIOZ), Julius Lipp (Universität Bremen), Gesine Mollenhauer (AWI-Bremerhaven).

Organic (bio)geochemistry has become an increasingly expanding and diverse

scientific field with important applications in paleoclimatology and microbiology.

This course is intended for PhD-students and postdocs with an interest in organic

geochemistry or who want to use molecular organic geochemical tools in their

field of study. The course lasts for a week (Monday morning thru Friday

afternoon) and consists of three parts: the mornings and early afternoons are filled with lectures on analytical techniques, phylogeny and biomarkers, isotopes of biomarkers, proxies and kerogen formation. The late afternoons are filled with practical demonstrations of analytical equipment, using samples which students can bring with them, and short student presentations.

Topics covered in this course include:

- Analytical techniques (GC, HPLC, MS, irMS)

- Algaenans and kerogen formation

- Compound specific stable carbon and hydrogen isotope analysis

- Biomarkers and molecular phylogeny

- Organic proxies in paleoclimatology and paleoceanography

- Intact polar lipids

- Compound specific radiocarbon

No course fee will be charged but participants have to arrange their own lodging.

Further information on this course can be obtained from Dr. Stefan Schouten (Email: ).

To subscribe, send an E-mail with personal information, affiliation, fields of interest and motivation to follow the course to Dr. Stefan Schouten at the above Email address before 31 March 2010. If the number of participants exceeds 30, a selection will be made based on the motivation, relevance for the PhD study and institute affiliations with NEBROC.