Cooperation Professorship Alfred-Wegener-Institut Bremerhaven

Marine Microbiology

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius

(Only in German)
1992 Diplom Biologie, Institut für Hydrobiologie und Fischereiwissenschaft, Universität Hamburg
1996 Promotion Alfred Wegener Institut, Bremerhaven

Seit 2017 Direktorin Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz Zentrum für Polar und Meeresforschung
Seit 2009, Professorin für Geomikrobiologie an der Uni Bremen
Seit 2003 Leiterin d. HGF-MPG-Brückengruppe f. Tiefseeökologie u. Technologie am MPI für Marine Mikrobiologie
2001-2008 Jacobs University, Bremen

Polar- und Meeresforschung, Geomikrobiologie, Tiefseebiologie

Why and on which temporal and spatial scales marine communities and ecosystems change are central questions of our research. We develop new methods to investigate communities, their energy sources and their functions under the sea ice and directly at the seafloor – from the surface ocean to deep-sea realms. A special focus is on methane and oil degrading microbes. To learn how microorganisms adapt to extreme environments, to discover the enormous diversity of life in the deep ocean and to evaluate the consequences of human impact for the oceans are important tasks with relevance to our future.

Studied Materials
• A variety of marine ecosystems like hot and cold gas and oil vents, mud volcanoes, deep seabed, polar regions
• Sediments and biofilms as microbial habitats in the sea
• Diversity of microorganisms in the ocean


Biogeochemical measurements in the deep sea, methane fluxes, microbial growth, development of in situ biogeochemical sensors and ocean observatories; study of seafloor habitats with different imaging tools; DNA-based molecular methods to study microbial diversity, science communication


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