Sebastian Kopf
Assistant Professor
Geological Sciences

Office: Benson 322A

Research & Teaching

My research and teaching interests combine various aspects of the geological and biological sciences with the goal of understanding how microbial life has shaped the Earth’s surface chemistry in the past and how it continues to do so today. My research's current focus is primarily aimed at understanding (and reconstituting) environmentally relevant growth conditions and uncovering the physiological basis and environmental production of biological signatures (isotopic, molecular and mineralogical).


geomicrobiology, stable isotope geochemistry, organic geochemistry, microbial physiology & genetics, aquatic chemistry, biogeochemical cycling

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Education and Training

  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology 2014
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2010
  • B.S., Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) 2008