Earth 315: Making A Habitable Planet From Earth Materials

No longer offered

Instructor: Jackie Li

  • Section 001: Lecture (Mon & Wed 10:00am – 11:30am)
  • Section 002: Lab (Wed 3:00pm – 6:00pm)
  • Section 003: Rec (Fri 10:00am – 11:00am)
  • Section 004: Lab (Thurs 1:00pm – 4:00pm)

Students taking Earth 315 in the Fall of 2017 will  study Earth materials in an Authentic Research Connection lab section that integrates the learning of required knowledge and skills into a research theme “Making a habitable planet from Earth materials “. In particular, students will investigate the abundances and distribution of ingredient elements for life, including carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorous, in various types of meteorites. They will examine the physical properties and chemical stabilities of the host phases of these elements and apply the results to understand how materials are supplied and processed to produce a habitable world. Moreover, students will participate in the Deep Carbon Observatory Earth in Five Reactions (5R) project, which aims to identify and use the five most important reactions that govern the transformation and movement of carbon in Earth as the central themes to understand and advance deep carbon science.

The Earth in Five Reactions (5R) project is funded by the Alfred Sloan Foundation and led by Professor Jackie Li at Umich and Prof. Simon Redfern at University of Cambridge. For more information, please visit

If you are considering taking Earth 315 in the Fall of 2017 and have questions about the ARC Lab section, please email Professor Jackie Li at