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Academic Career

Since Nov 2017 Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz-Center for Polar and Marine Research
Since Nov 2012 Vice Director of the MARUM Cluster of Excellence, University of Bremen
Since May 2010 External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society
Since Mar 2009 Professor of Geomicrobiology, University Bremen
Since Dec 2008 Leader of the HGF-MPG Joint Research Group on Deep Sea Ecology and Technology
Jun 2008 - Dec 2008 Full Professor for Microbiology, Jacobs University
Nov 2003 - Nov 2008
Leader of the "Microbial Habitat" Group, MPI Bremen
Research on biogeochemistry, transport processes and microbial processes in benthic environments
Sep 2003 - Jun 2008 Associate Professor of Microbiology, Jacobs University Bremen
Sep 2001 - Sep 2003 Assistant Professor of Microbiology, International University Bremen
Teaching in biology (major and non-major), and transdisciplinary university study courses
Feb 2001 - Oct 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
1999 - 2001 Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Bremen
Research associate (Postdoc)
1996 - 1999 Institute of Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde
Research associate (Postdoc)
1993 - 1996 AWI for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven
Research associate (PhD)
1990 - 1992 Institute for Hydrobiology and Fishery Res., University of Hamburg
Lab assistant (student contracts)
1989 - 1990 Scripps Inst. of Oceanography San Diego, CA, USA
Lab assistant


University Education

1993 - 1996Doctorate in Biology; University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
1986 - 1992Diplom in Biology; University of Hamburg, Hamburg


2017 Copernicus Medal
  Gauss Medal, Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
2016 Elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences
  Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture of the Geochemical Society
  Teaching Award MARMIC
2015 Elected Member of the EAM – European Academy of Microbiology
  Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
2014 Teaching Award MARMIC
  Excellence Professorship of the Prof.-Dr.-Werner-Petersen-Foundation
  David Packard Distinguished Lecturer (MBARI)
  Gustav-Steinmann-Medal of the Geological Union e.V. Germany
  Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union AGU
  Elected EMBO member
  Hector Fellowship
2013 ECI Ecology Prize
2012 Heinrich-Hertz-Guest Professor KIT
2011 European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant “Abyss”
  Elected Member of the Acadamy of Sciences and Literature Mainz
2010 Member of the German Science Council
  External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society
2009 Distinguished Professor of the Jacobs University
  Elected Member of the National Academy Leopoldina (Section Geology)
  Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize of the DFG
2007 Teaching Award MARMIC
2006 Teaching Award MARMIC
  Medaille de la Societe d’Oceanographie de France
2005 Teaching Award MARMIC
2004 Invited Professor University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6)
2000 FEMS Young Scientist Award for the participation in the 7th EMMS
1999 FEMS Young Scientist Award for the participation in the conference “Enzymes in the Environment“
  DFG Stipend for the participation in the 9th Goldschmidt Conference
1998 DFG Stipend for the participation in the Gordon Research Conference on Polar Marine Science
1997 EU Stipend for the participation in DIALOG II
1991 IAESTE Stipend of the DAAD
1986-1989 Stipend of the” Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”


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