Henrik Drake

Henrik Drake

Associate Professor
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.

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.

My research projects are funded by external grants from e.g. Swedish Research Council, Formas, Crafoord fund and National Science Foundation (USA).

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:

Ancient life in Precambrian cratons:

The Scientist

Hashem Al-Ghaili Facebook-channel

The Jerusalem Post

Futurity

News18

Europa Press

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

 

Deep Fungi:

Swedish Radio (Vetenskapsradion)

 

Deep ancient life:

Swedish Radio (Vetenskapsradion)

Deep ancient life in the Siljan impact crater:

Sci-news

I F*cking Love Science

Express

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)

Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))