Antje Boetius, EAG Goldschmidt Officer

Antje Boetius is Professor of Geomicrobiology at the University Bremen, and leader of a joint research group on Deep Sea Ecology and Technology of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology. She has studied Biology and Biological Oceanography at the University of Hamburg and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her PhD thesis dealt with deep-sea microbiology and biogeochemistry. She became Professor for Microbiology in 2001 at the Jacobs University in Bremen, and was Group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology from 2003-2008.

Antje Boetius is an expert of marine biogeochemistry, biological oceanography, deep-sea biology and microbial of the ocean. She works on polar seas, on chemosynthetic ecosystems and other extreme habitats of the ocean. Antje Boetius has lead or participated in over 40 expeditions, and she has coordinated many national and international research programs. Antje Boetius and her team are renowned for their contributions to the diversity and function of life associated with seafloor processes, including pelagobenthic coupling, gas seepage and fluid flow, and the structure, function and dynamics of microbial communities of the ocean floor. The group uses novel technologies and methods for the study of life at the bottom of the ocean. Current studies of the group include the exploration of Arctic deep-sea life under the ice, and the long-term observation of the effects of global warming on polar ecosystems as well as on hypoxic aquatic ecosystems.

Antje Boetius is a member of the German Science Council and of the advisory boards of many international and national research programs, marine research institutes and museums. She has been awarded with the Medaille de la Societe d’Oceanographie de France, the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize of the DFG, the Advanced Grant of the ERC. Antje Boetius has been elected as an external scientific member of the Max Planck Society, to the German National Academy Leopoldina (Section Geology), and to the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz. She is an AGU fellow. She also engages in public outreach and transfer of knowledge on extreme environments and the deep sea.

In her role as Goldschmidt Officer, Antje will chair the Goldschmidt 2017 Committee, organizing the Goldschmidt2017 conference in Paris, France, 13-18 August 2017.

More information can be found at Antje’s Alfred Wegener Institute webpage or at Antje’s University of Bremen webpage.

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