Bioenergetics of Microbial Metabolism.
Transport Mechanisms and Structure of Microbial Communities.
Hydrolysis of Organic Polymers.
Comparison of Element Cycles.
The Water Column:
Prokaryotic Primary Producers.
Water Column Bacteria and Mineralisation.
Biogeochemical Cycling in Soils:
Soil Water as a Master Variable.
Responses to Plant Organic Matter.
Responses of Soil Biogeochemistry to Disturbance and Change.
Comparison of Freshwater and Marine Sediments.
The Carbon Cycle.
The Nitrogen Cycle.
The Phosphorus Cycle.
Manganese and Iron.
Microbial Mats and Stratified Water Columns:
Mats Based on Colourless Sulfur Bacteria.
Other Types of Mats.
Stratified Water Columns.
The Role of Symbiosis in the Biosphere.
Symbiotic Polymer Degradation.
Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation.
Autotrophic Bacteria as Symbionts.
Biogeochemistry and Extreme Environments.
Microbial Biogeochemical Cycling and the Atmosphere:
The Atmosphere as an Elemental Reservoir.
Atmospheric Structure and Evolution.
Synopsis of Trace Gas Biogeochemistry and Linkages to Climate Change.
Trace Gas Dynamics and Climate Change:
An Analysis of Methane Production and Consumption.
Summary and Conclusion.
Origins and Evolution