Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986 – 1992
    University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany and Graduate School of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA (Academic exchange program with UCSD): Diplom in Biology

  • 1989 – 1990
    Lab assistant at Scripps Inst. of Oceanography San Diego, CA

  • 1990 – 1992
    Institute for Hydrobiology and Fishery Res. Hamburg, Lab assistant (student contracts)

  • 1993 – 1996
    Doctorate in Biology, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

  • 1993 – 1996
    AWI for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven, Research associate (PhD)

  • 1996
    PhD at University Bremen

  • 1996 – 1999
    Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Research associate (Postdoc)

  • 1999 – 2001
    Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Bremen, Research associate (Postdoc)

  • since 2001
    Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Bremen, guest researcher

  • 2001 – 2003
    Assistant Professor of Microbiology, International University Bremen; Teaching in biology (major and non-major), and transdisciplinary university study courses

  • 2001 – 2003
    AWI for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven, Permanent research faculty, coordination of national and international projects on microbial turnover of methane above marine gas hydrate and at cold seeps

  • 2003 – 2008
    Associate Professor of Microbiology, Jacobs University Bremen, Leader of the “Microbial habitat” group, MPI Bremen; Research on biogeochemistry, transport processes and microbial processes in benthic environments

  • 2004
    Invited Professor of the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6)

  • 2008
    Full Professor for Microbiology Jacobs University

  • Since 2008
    Leader of the HGF-MPG Joint Research Group on Deep Sea Ecology and Technology AWI

  • Since 2009
    Professor of Geomicrobiology University Bremen

  • Since 2010
    External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society

  • Since 2012
    Vice Dir­ector of the MARUM Cluster of Ex­cel­lence, Uni­versity of Bre­men

  • Since 2017
    Dir­ector of the Al­fred We­gener In­sti­tute Helm­holtz-Cen­ter for Po­lar and Mar­ine Re­search

Selected publications

  • Boetius, A., Lochte, K.: Regulation of microbial enzymatic degradation of organic matter in deep-sea sediments. In: Marine Ecology Progress Series 104, 1994. S. 299-307.

  • Boetius, A., Damm, E.: Benthic oxygen uptake, hydrolytic potentials and microbial biomass at the Arctic continental slope. In: Deep-Sea Research I 45, 1998. S. 239-275.

  • Nauhaus, K. et al.: In vitro demonstration of anaerobic oxidation of methane coupled to sulphate reduction in sediment from a marine gas hydrate area. In: Environmental Microbiology 4(5), 2002. S. 296-305.

  • Witte, U. et al.: In situ experimental evidence of the fate of a phytodetritus pulse at the abyssal seafloor. In: Nature 424, 2003. S. 763-765.

  • Boetius, A. et al.: A marine microbial consortium apparently mediating anaerobic oxidation of methane. In: Nature 407, 2002. S. 623-626.

  • Michaelis, W. et al.: Microbial Reefs in the Black Sea Fueled by Anaerobic Oxidation of Methane. In: Science 297, 2002. S. 1013-1015.

  • Inagaki, F. et al.: Microbial community in a sediment-hosted CO2 lake of the southern Okinawa Trough hydrothermal system. In: PNAS 103(38), 2006. S. 13899-13900.

  • Niemann, H. et al.: Novel microbial communities of the Haakon Mosby mud volcano and their role as methane sink. In: Nature 443, 2006. S. 854-858.

  • Jørgensen, B.B., Boetius, A.: Feast and famine – microbial life in the deep-sea bed. In: Nature Microbiology Reviews 5, 2007. S. 770-781.

  • Knittel, K., Boetius, A.: The anaerobic oxidation of methane – progress with an unknown process. In: Annual Reviews of Microbiology 63, 2009. S. 311-334.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Marie Curie Action "Initial Training Networks" – ITN SenseNet, 2009 – 2011

  • BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) project BIOACID, 2009 – 2011

  • EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project HYPOX (project coordinator), 2009 – 2011

  • EU FP7 project HERMIONE (work package management), 2009 – 2011

  • EU FP7 Project EUROFLEETS, 2009 – 2011

  • European Science Foundation (ESF) EUROCORES EuroDeep "Chemeco", 2007 – 2010

  • EU Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) NoE ESONET, 2007 – 2011

  • Graduate School as part of the "GLOMAR” Excellence Initiative, 2007 – 2012

  • ESF EUROCORES EuroDiversity "MicroSystems", 2006 – 2010

  • CNRS GDRE DIWOOD – cooperative project between the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and the Max Planck Institute (MPI), 2006 – 2010

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Centre RCOM II, Section E Fluid and gas seepage along continental margins: structures, processes and budgets, 2005 – 2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences

  • Elected Member of the Acadamy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, 2011

  • Member of the German Science Council, 2010

  • External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society, 2010

  • Elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (geology), 2009

  • Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities

  • Member of the Diversitas D advisory board

  • Member of the National Committee for Global Change Research (NKGCF)

  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Annette Barthelt Prize for Oceanic Research

  • Member of the Science Committee of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)

  • Leader of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde, Germany

  • Advisory Board "C-DEBI", Centre for Dark Biosphere (NSF Science and Technology Centre, USC LA, USA)

  • Scientific Steering Committee, Deep Life Directorate of the Deep Carbon Observatory (Sloan Foundation, Carnegie USA)

  • Advisory Board, National History Museum Berlin

  • Advisory Board, Senckenberg Museum

  • Advisory Board, GeoBioCentre Munich (LMU)

  • Advisory Board, Institute for Polar Research IPEV (France)

  • Member of the Monaco Blue Initiative

  • Member of the Senate Commission for Oceanography at the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2006 – 2011

  • Member of the ChEss steering committee (Biogeography of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems), Census of Marine Life, to 2010

  • Member of the International Census of Marine Microbes (ICoMM) council, to 2010

  • Member of the American Society of Microbiology

  • Member of the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography

  • Member of the European Geosciences Union

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union

  • Member of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)

  • Member of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)

  • Member of the Editorial Boards for: ISME Journal, Nature Publishing Group; Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Geobiology, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Biogeosciences, Marine Biology Research (formerly SARSIA and OPHELIA)

  • Reviewer for Science, Nature, MEPS, Limnology and Oceanography, Deep Sea Research I + II, Marine Biology, Marine Geology, Progress in Oceanography, Journal of Sea Research, Organic Geochemistry, AEM, Microbial Ecology, Springer Verlag

  • Reviewer for National Science Foundation (NSF), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), DFG, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), NSF Panellist

Media coverage

Additional qualifications

  • More than 40 seagoing expeditions

  • Leader of numerous international research expeditions

  • Instructor at the Graduate School for the “Global Change in the Ocean Realm” Excellence Initiative and at the Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (MarMic)


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Media communications


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