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Henrik Drake

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.


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


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 prokaryots 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 fungi covered in Scientific American:


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


Fungi, Swedish radio (Swedish)


Deep ancient life, Swedish radio (Swedish)


Editor: Geofluids

Twitter: @henrik_drake


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