Antje Boetius

Antje Boetius (born 5 March 1967) is a German marine biologist. She is a professor of geomicrobiology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, University of Bremen.[1] Boetius received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, with 2.5 million euros in funding, in March 2009 for her study of sea bed microorganisms that affect the global climate.[2] She is also the director of Germany's polar research hub, the Alfred Wegener Institute.[3]

Antje Boetius
Antje Boetius in 2018
Born (1967-03-05) 5 March 1967 (age 55)
Alma materUniversity of Hamburg
AwardsGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
Gustav-Steinmann-Medaille (2014)
Scientific career
FieldsMarine biology
InstitutionsUniversity of Bremen

Boetius was the first person to describe anaerobic oxidation of methane,[2] and believes the Earth's earliest life forms may have subsisted on methane in the absence of molecular oxygen (instead reducing oxygen-containing compounds such as nitrate or sulfate).[4] She has also suggested such life forms may be able to reduce the rate of climate change in future.[4] She is one of the laureates of the 2018 Environment Prize (German Environment Foundation)[5] Boetius also won the Erna Hamburger Prize in 2019.[6]


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