BIOL 538

Nutrient Cycling and Prokaryotes

Units: 1.5

Also: FORB 538

An introduction to prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) and their role in nutrient cycling in forests, lakes and oceans. Diversity and evolution of populations and communities of prokaryotes and their role in the major biogeochemical cycles: carbon, nitrogen, sulfur. Genetic, biochemical, physiological and ecological aspects of processes such as nitrogen fixation and methanogenesis; design of experimental approaches to assess cycling of elements in forests, lakes and oceans by prokaryotes.


  • Credit will be granted for only one of BIOL 538, BIOL 438, FORB 538.
  • A combined undergraduate and graduate course.
  • Please contact instructor for more information.

Graduate course in the Biology program offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018

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