GEOL 5660 - Sedimentology & Geobiology of Carbonates Course uri icon



  • Carbonate sedimentary rocks are a significant component of the geobiological rock record, capturing a history of organisms and the environments they inhabit. This course will focus on how carbonate sediments are formed, deposited, and lithified and what influences the preservation and alteration of textural and geochemical signals. We will cover facies identification, interpreting depositional environment, and carbonate geochemistry, with a particular emphasis on recent advances and unanswered questions at the intersection of carbonates and geobiology, including the role of microbial carbonate precipitation and/or dissolution in the formation and degradation of stromatolites, carbonate mud, ooids, etc. Recommended prerequisite: prior coursework in Sedimentology.


  • Trower, Lizzy  
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2023