Welcome to the multi-faceted world of biogeosciences

Welcome to the multi-faceted world of biogeosciences

“From marine micro-organisms to mountain ecosystems”

Welcome to the official blog of the Biogeosciences (BG) Division of the European Geoscience Union! This blog is run by biogeoscience enthusiasts with very different backgrounds, ranging from plantecophysiology over geology to geomicrobiology. Therefore we think that the variety of posts, will make this blog interesting for all interested in biogeosciences.

We bio‐geoscientists perform research on the processes in and interactions among the Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. At first sight, our research might seem very broad and indefinite, but due to the multi‐faceted and interdisciplinary nature of biogeoscientific research, we can provide the scientific basis for understanding the role of ecosystem processes in some of today’smost pressing environmental issues: including, (but not limited to) climate change, deforestation,eutrophication of lakes and rivers, and the effect of sea level rise on coastal and estuarine ecosystems. In addition to all of that, biogeoscientific research informs our understanding of the biogenic signatures found within rocks from early Earth, and areas of our planet which are highly inhospitable.

Benthic foraminifers Mediterranean

Benthic foraminifers recovered from Mediterranean sediments of Neogene age (credit: Aleix Cortina)

Our first blog entry will be on the timing of the closure of the Panama Isthmus which had an important impact on the Great American Biotic Interchange‐ also known as GABIA. Our second blog posts will be on the European Consortium for Ocean Research and Drilling (ECORD) Summer school “Ocean Crust Processes: magma, faults , fluxes, and life” which was recently held in Bremen Germany. Our third post will be on the Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory (Atto) in the Brazilian rain forest which was inaugurated last month and will be used to measure greenhouse gases, aerosol particles, cloud properties, boundary‐layer processes, far away from human influences. In a later stage we foresee blog contributions from scientists with a wide range of biogeoscientific backgrounds. If you would like to write a blog entry about your research, please get in touch with the editor, especially if you are an early career scientist! We welcome all contributions that fit broadly within the topic of Biogeosciences.

Jasper Bloemen is a Post-doc researcher at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is currently PI on the project “The role of respired CO2 recycling in tree carbon allocation” funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). After obtaining his PhD at Ghent University, Belgium in December 2013, Jasper moved to Innsbruck to continue his research on tree ecology. His main interests are tree carbon cycling and tree mortality. Currently Jasper is using stable isotope labelling combined with laser-based carbon isotope measurements to understand the role of carbon recycling in tree carbon allocation.

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