Henrik Drake

Henrik Drake

Researcher
Department of Biology and Environmental Science Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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I am a geochemist/geobiologist interested in deep ancient life.

Apply for a doctoral student (grad student) position in my group (application deadline March 1 2021):

https://lnu.se/en/meet-linnaeus-university/work-at-the-university/?rmpage=job&rmjob=5656&rmlang=UK

Teaching

I teach in courses in Environmental Science. An important part of my commitment is to supervise Bachelor, and PhD students and post docs.

Research

My research projects focus on geochemical and geobiological aspects of the deep subsurface, particularly on tracing and characterizing ancient (and modern) microbial methane production and consumption in the continental crust. A particular environment of interest is impact craters, the ancient life signatures they may host, and the obvious astrobiological implications.

The research also involves characterization of the interplay between eukaryotes (like fungi) and prokaryotes in these deep environments. Most of my studies focus on microscale isotope investigations to decipher ancient microbial activity, and coupled biomarker and geochronological determinations. See some of my works featured here:

Deep ancient fungi and methane in Siljan impact crater:

phys.org

Deep ancient fungi findings:

Scientific American

 

Deep terrestrial life as astrobiological analogue (Swedish National TV -Vetenskapens värld) (Swedish)

SVT (link fails, will update when only again)

 

Deep Fungi:

Swedish Radio (Vetenskapsradion)

 

Deep ancient life:

Swedish Radio (Vetenskapsradion)

Deep ancient life in the Siljan impact crater:

Sci-news

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phys.org

The Siljan article made it into top 50 of Nature Communications articles in Earth and Planetary Sciences 2019:

https://www.nature.com/collections/jbfeiegiec

 

Dating of fracture zones:

phys.org

Commissions

Editor:

Geofluids

Geosciences

Twitter: @henrik_drake

Publications

Article in journal (Refereed)

Conference paper (Refereed)

Book (Refereed)

Chapter in book (Refereed)

Article, review/survey (Refereed)

Article in journal (Other academic)

Conference paper (Other academic)