• Hector Fellows

    Distinguished researchers in STEM fields.

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius

Professor of Geomicrobiology, University of Bremen

HGF-MPG Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association

Hector Fellow since 2013

Antje Boetius is Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and Professor of Geomicrobiology at the University of Bremen.

Antje Boetius is an internationally recognized deep-sea researcher who explores the diversity and biogeochemistry of the ocean, including its polar regions. She is interested in interactions between geo- and biosphere and develops deep-sea technologies used to monitor the ocean environment. Among others, she has found anaerobic methane-oxidizing microorganisms that minimize methane emission in the sea, and investigates the geoecology of submarine gas sources, and indications of rapid modifications of the arctic ecosystem due to ice melting.

For her research Antje Boetius received an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) and the Leibniz Prize of the DFG. She is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, and of the Max Planck Society. Moreover, she is a member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG), chairwoman of the steering committee of “Wissenschaft im Dialog” and was a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities from 2010 until 2016.

Research fields

Deep Sea Research / Geomicrobiology

  • Microbial ecology
  • Gas hydrates and cold seeps
  • Deep-sea research
  • Marine biogeochemistry
  • Geomicrobiology

Video

Antje Boetius about the Future of the Oceans at the Symposium 2015

(video in German)

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