14. Stable Isotope Geobiology

  1. Andrew H. Knoll3,
  2. Donald E. Canfield4 and
  3. Kurt O. Konhauser5
  1. D. T. Johnston1 and
  2. W. W. Fischer2

Published Online: 29 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118280874.ch14

Fundamentals of Geobiology

Fundamentals of Geobiology

How to Cite

Johnston, D. T. and Fischer, W. W. (2012) Stable Isotope 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.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 3

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

  2. 4

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

  3. 5

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

  2. 2

    Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, MC 100-23 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118280812

Online ISBN: 9781118280874



  • stable isotope geobiology;
  • isotopic notation, and biogeochemical elements;
  • stable isotope geobiology, ancient isotope records;
  • isotopic notation and biogeochemical elements;
  • tracking fractionation, through natural system;
  • reconstruction, time-series behaviour of geobiological processes;
  • cumulative isotope fractionation;
  • isotopic studies of microbial metabolism;
  • life and environment studies, stable isotopes as tool


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Isotopic notation and the biogeochemical elements

  • Tracking fractionation in a system

  • Applications

  • Using isotopes to ask a geobiological question in deep time

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References