On the mechanisms of sulfur isotope fractionation during microbial sulfate reduction
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CitationLeavitt, William Davie. 2014. On the mechanisms of sulfur isotope fractionation during microbial sulfate reduction. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
AbstractUnderlying all applications of sulfur isotope analyses is our understanding of isotope systematics. This dissertation tests some fundamental assumptions and assertions, drawn from equilibrium theory and a diverse body of empirical work on biochemical kinetics, as applied to the multiple sulfur isotope systematics of microbial sulfate reduction. I take a reductionist approach, both in the questions addressed and experimental approaches employed. This allows for a mechanistic, physically consistent interpretation of geological and biological sulfur isotope records. The goal of my work here is to allow interpreters a more biologically, chemically and physically parsimonious framework to decipher the signals coded in modern and ancient sulfur isotope records.
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