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 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020

Summer timetable available: February 15. Fall and Spring timetables available: May 15.

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