Biogeochemistry is a interdisciplinary scientific branch and studies the chemistry of chemicals that transfer between organisms (biosphere) and their environment (the hydrosphere, the pedosphere, the atmosphere, and the lithosphere).

Information resources on Biogechemistry an related scientific areas.


General Information
Lecture Notes, Tutorials
Partial Information
Research facilities and departments

General Information

Biogeochemistry of Small Catchments
A Tool for Environmental Research. eBook

Biogeochemistry of Sulfur
The course is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current research around sulfur biogeochemistry and astrobiology. MIT OpenCourseWare

Global Biogeochemical Cycles & the Physical Climate System
The module focuses on the biogeochemical cycles of five of the major elements important to life - carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, and oxygen - and their role in climatic change. UCAR

Marine Biogeochemistry
eBooklet about Marine Biogechemistry - general information. University of Kiel - Format: PDF

Molecular Biogeochemistry
The course covers all aspects of molecular biosignatures from their pathways of lipid biosynthesis, the distribution patterns of lipid biosynthetic pathways with regard to phylogeny and physiology, isotopic contents, occurrence in modern organisms and environments, diagenetic pathways, analytical techniques and the occurrence of molecular fossils through the geological record. MIT OpenCourseWare

Ocean Biogeochemistry and the Global Carbon Cycle
An Introduction to the U.S. Joint Global Ocean Flux Study - Format: PDF

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Problems of Biogeochemistry I
On some fundamental problems of biogeochemistry - Format: PDF

Problems of Biogeochemistry II
On the Fundamental material-energetic distinction between living and nonliving natural bodies of the biosphere - Format: PDF

Partial Information

Computational Studies
… in Molecular Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry. EMSL - Format: PDF


... publishes original papers and occasional reviews dealing with biotic controls on the chemistry of the environment, or with the geochemical control of the structure and function of ecosystems. Springer

Global Biogeochemical Cycles
... includes papers in the broad areas of global change involving the geosphere and biosphere. The journal focuses on research at large geographic scales. Marine, hydrologic, atmospheric, extraterrestrial, geologic, biologic, and human causes of and response to environmental change on time scales of tens, thousands, and millions of years are the purview of the journal. American Geophysical Union


Biogeochemistry of Organotin and Organolead Compounds
... in a Forested Catchment in NE-Bavaria, Germany. Dissertation, 2004. University of Bayreuth, Germany

Phytoplankton Dynamics
Biogeochemistry and phytoplankton dynamics in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Dissertation, 2007 - Format: PDF

Research facilities and departments

Biogeochemistry Research Centre. Bristol University

Filley Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Lab
Earth & Atmospheric Science. Purdue University

Freeman Biogeochemistry Group
Penn State University

Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Research and Training Network

Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics
IBP. ETH Zürich

Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research
IMBER research will seek to identify the mechanisms by which marine life influences marine biogeochemical cycles, and how these, in turn, influence marine ecosystems

Marine Macroecology and Biogeochemistry Lab
... is an interdisciplinary research group interested in large-scale ecological, evolutionary and biogeochemical phenomena in the oceans. Mount Allison University

Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry
... is dedicated to the study of long-term interactions among the biosphere, atmosphere, geosphere and the oceans

Nutrient Biogeochemistry
Rutgers University

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC) for biogeochemical dynamics

Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Group

Research Group on Marine Biogeochemistry and Global Change

Watershed Biogeochemistry
Industrial Research Chair. Trent University

Wetland Biogeochemistry
Research Group. University of Wales, Bangor


International Society for Environmental Biogeochemistry

International Society of Trace Element Biogeochemistry

Related Books and Scientific Literature: Biogeochemistry

Book recommendation

Vladimir N. Bashkin

Modern Biogeochemistry: Environmental Risk Assessment

This book is aimed at generalizing the modern ideas of both biogeochemical and environmental risk assessment that have been developed in recent years. Only a few books are available for readers in this interdisciplinary area, since most books deal mainly with various technical aspects of ERA description and calculations. This text aims at supplementing the existing books by providing a modern understanding of mechanisms that are responsible for ecological risks for human beings and ecosystems. The book is to a certain extent a summary of both scientific results of various authors and of classes in biogeochemistry and ERA, taught by the author in recent years to students in the USA, in particular at Cornell, and in different universities in Moscow, Pushchino, Seoul, and Bangkok.

At present, quantitative ecological risk assessment is widely used in different contexts, however very often without an understanding of the natural mechanisms that drive the processes of environmental and human risk. Its application is often accompanied by high uncertainty about risk values. On the other hand, the sustainability of modern technoecosystems is known because of their natural biogeochemical cycling that has been transformed to various extents by anthropogenic studies. Accordingly our understanding of the principal mechanisms that drive the biogeochemical food webs allows us to present a quantitative ecological risk assessment and to propose technological solutions for management of various ERA enterprises. It also enables us to devise a powerful mechanism for ecological insurance, to assign responsibilities and protect rights while managing the control of damage from natural and anthropogenic accidents and catastrophes.

Springer; 2006

Book recommendation

W.H. Schlesinger

Biogeochemistry: Treatise on Geochemistry

For the past 3.8 billion years, the geochemistry of the Earth's surface - its atmosphere, waters and exposed crust - has been determined by the presence of biota. Photosynthetic organisms exposed the Earth's surface to oxygen, denitrifying bacteria have maintained the nitrogen concentration in Earth's atmosphere, and land plants have determined the rate of chemical weathering. Life determines the global biogeochemical cycles of the elements of biochemistry, especially C, N, P and S. Volume 8 traces the origin and impact of life on the geochemistry of the Earth's surface, with special emphasis on the current human impact on global biogeochemical cycles.

Elsevier Science; 2005

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