Hector Fellow since 2013Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius
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
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.
Antje Boetius received the Federal Cross of Merit in 2019. Furthermore she received, inter alia, the German Environmental Prize, the Communicator Price, the Leibniz-Ring-Hannover, 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 Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, and of the Max Planck Society.
Video portrait of Antje Boetius
Deep Sea and Polar Research: Antje Boetius Fighting Climate Change
Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius is a world-renowned deep-sea researcher whose work focuses on the interactions between the geosphere and biosphere and underwater technologies for observing the marine environment.
Science Communication: Antje Boetius on the Transfer of Research to Public
Science is not supposed to be isolated from the public. Antje Boetius is therefore very much concerned with the question of how scientific results can be brought to the public in order to facilitate a dialogue.
Climate and Future
Antje Boetius on Societal Responsibility of Science
According to Hector Fellow Antje Boetius, Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and Professor of Geomicrobiology at the University of Bremen, it is part of the task and responsibility of science to talk about risks and the consequences of human activity on the Earth system and the climate.