GeoBiology 2016: An International Training Course in a Rapidly Evolving Field

Course dates: June 10–July 18, 2016  

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Applications for the 2016 International GeoBiology Course are no longer being accepted.

Now entering it’s 13th year, the International GeoBiology Course is an intense, multidisciplinary summer course exploring the coevolution of the Earth and it's biosphere, with an emphasis on how microbial processes affect the environment and leave imprints on the rock record. Participants get hands-on experience in cutting-edge geobiological techniques including molecular biology, bioinformatics, geochemistry, petrology and sedimentology, and work in research groups to solve relevant questions.

GeoBiology 2016 is open to students and researchers at any level, although we give preference to graduate students in their early to mid years of study.

The course will be directed by Frank Corsetti, a geobiologist at the University of Southern California and John Spear, a microbiologist at the Colorado School of Mines. Other lead instructors are as follows: Will Berelson (USC), Brad Stevenson (University of Oklahoma), Hope Johnson (Cal State Fullerton), Russell Shapiro (Cal State Chico), Vicky Petryshyn (UCLA), Carie Frantz (Weber State University), and Sean Loyd (Cal State Fullerton).

Tuition, financial aid and travel arrangements

Tuition for GeoBiology 2016 is $4000 and covers all field trip expenses and room and board. We expect students to discuss this financial obligation with their advisors, home departments and/or institutions to secure funds that can be applied toward tuition.

Financial aid for GeoBiology 2016 is available based on need. We encourage applications for aid, and we assure applicants that an aid request will not influence our review of an application for the summer course.

Travel arrangements to and from GeoBiology 2016 are the responsibility of student participants. The course begins and ends in Los Angeles, CA.


Course Sponsored by:
Agouron Institute
National Science Foundation
Colorado School of Mines
California State University, Fullerton
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations
USC Wrigley Institute

For further information, please contact:

GeoBiology Course Coordinator, Ann Close
Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Southern California
3454 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089-0153
phone: 213-740-6780, fax: 213-740-6720