13. Molecular Biology's Contributions to Geobiology

  1. Andrew H. Knoll4,
  2. Donald E. Canfield5 and
  3. Kurt O. Konhauser6
  1. Dianne K. Newman1,
  2. Victoria J. Orphan2 and
  3. Anna-Louise Reysenbach3

Published Online: 29 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118280874.ch13

Fundamentals of Geobiology

Fundamentals of Geobiology

How to Cite

Newman, D. K., Orphan, V. J. and Reysenbach, A.-L. (2012) Molecular Biology's Contributions to Geobiology, in Fundamentals of Geobiology (eds A. H. Knoll, D. E. Canfield and K. O. Konhauser), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118280874.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138, USA

  2. 5

    Institute of Biology Nordic Center for Earth Evolution, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark

  3. 6

    Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E3, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

  2. 2

    Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

  3. 3

    Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118280812

Online ISBN: 9781118280874



  • molecular biology's contributions to geobiology;
  • geobiology, molecular approaches used;
  • modern environments, geochemical cycles and living cells;
  • molecular biological, and geobiological problems;
  • microbial diversity, approaches based on 16S rRNA;
  • 16S rRNA, and geobiology of the open ocean;
  • innovative methods, in microbe ecophysiology;
  • ‘omics’ approaches, as tools in geobiology labs;
  • molecular biology, and the impact on geobiology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Molecular approaches used in geobiology

  • Case study: anaerobic oxidation of methane

  • Challenges and opportunities for the next generation

  • Acknowledgements

  • References