Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Antje Boetius

Disciplines: Polar-und Meeresforschung



Alfred Wegener Institut
Helmholtz Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

Osterdeich 74
28205 Bremen

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  • Born 05.03.1967 in Frankfurt a.M., Germany


  • M. Sc. in Biology, University Hamburg, Germany
  • Ph. D. in Biology, University Bremen, Germany
  • Prof. degree: Professor of Microbiology, Dr. rer. nat.

Positions held:

  • 2009–now W3 Professor of Geomicrobiology, University Bremen
  • 2008-now Head of the HGF MPG Joint Research Group for Deep Sea Ecology and Technology
  • 2003-2008 Head of Microbial Habitat Group, MPI Bremen
  • 2008-2009 Full Professor of Microbiology, Jacobs University Bremen
  • 2003-2008 Associate Professor of Microbiology, Jacobs University Bremen
  • 2001-2003 Assistant Professor of Microbiology, International University Bremen
  • 2001-2003 Research faculty, AWI for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven
  • 1999-2001 Post doc, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen
  • 1996-1999 Post doc, Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde
  • 1993-1996 PhD student, AWI for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven
  • 1989-1990 Lab assistant, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, San Diego, CA

Gremien- und Juryzugehörigkeit:

  • Science Council of Germany (Wissenschaftsrat) 2010-2016, since 2012 Vice Chair of the Scientific Commission, since 2014 Chair of the Scientific Commission
  • External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society
  • Senate of the Leibniz Association
  • ERC Starting Grant Panel 2014
  • American Society of Microbiology, General Meeting Planning Committee
  • ASLO Award Committee, Chair of Lindeman Award Committee
  • Executive Committee OceanSites
  • Advisory Board CAGE, Excellence Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (Tromso, Norway)
  • Advisory Board "C-DEBI" Center for Dark Biosphere (NSF Science and Technology Center, USC LA, USA)
  • Scientific Steering Committee Deep Life Directorate of the Deep Carbon Observatory (Sloan Foundation, Carnegie USA)
  • Commission on Biodiversity of the DFG Senate
  • Advisory Board National History Museum Berlin
  • Advisory Board Senckenberg Museum
  • Advisory Board Diversitas D
  • Champion of the Monaco Blue Initiative (Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation)
  • Advisory Board Robert-Bosch-Foundation/Leopoldina Journalist College “Tauchgänge in die Wissenschaft”
  • Academia Net (
  • Membership European Geosciences Union; American Geophysical Union; American Society of Microbiology; American Society for Limnology and Oceanography; VAAM/FEMS; Membership ISME
  • Senior Editor of the ISME Journal (IF 8.95); Editorial Boards of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Geobiology, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Marine Biology Research (new journal, previously SARSIA and OPHELIA), Environmental Microbiology


  • 2018 Deutscher Umweltpreis
  • 2018 Communicator-Preis der DFG 2018
  • 2014 Hector Fellowship
  • 2013 ECI Ecology Prize
  • 2012 Heinrich-Hertz- Guest Professor KIT
  • 2011 European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant “Abyss”
  • 2011 Elected Member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz
  • 2010 Member of the German Science Council
  • 2010 External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society
  • 2009 Distinguished Professor of the Jacobs University
  • 2009 Elected Member of the National Academy Leopoldina (Section Geology)
  • 2009 Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize of the DFG
  • 2006 Medaille de la Societe d’Oceanographie de France
  • 2004 Invited Professor University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6)


  • Web of Science publication index January 2014: 146 items; 5779 citations since 1994, H index 41; Google Scholar: citations 8939, H index 49, i10 index 97

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