Prof. Antje Boetius is the Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, where she explores previously undiscovered habitats in the deep sea, in particular deep-sea ecosystems below the ice.
Marine biologist Prof. Antje Boetius is a woman who wears many hats. Not only is she the Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, a centre for polar and marine research near Bremen in Germany, but she also leads the Joint Research Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology. And when she isn't doing either of those things, she's a Professor of Geomicrobiology at the University of Bremen.
Antje's research focuses on the impacts of climate change on the Earth’s oceans and polar regions. As a deep-sea researcher, her work also involves finding previously undiscovered habitats in the deep sea, and in particular, deep-sea ecosystems below the ice, as well as on seamounts, mud volcanoes, gas hydrates, and cold and hot springs. Her studies on the ecological impacts of deep-sea mining highlight the long-term consequences of disrupting the ocean floor.
Antje has taken part in almost 50 expeditions on international research vessels, making her the perfect person to take members of The Garden on a trip to the deep sea.