The AWI director, deep-sea researcher and Max Planck group leader Prof. Dr. med. Antje Boetius receives the Vernadsky Medal for her seminal contributions in the field of biogeosciences and her outstanding research on methane metabolism and the marine carbon cycle.
The Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal has been awarded by the European Geosciences Union (EGU) since 2003 in recognition of the scientific achievements of Vernadsky in mineralogy and geochemistry. It honors scientists for their exceptional contributions in the field of biogeosciences. Antje Boetius is the first female award winner.
Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius receives this year's Vernadsky Medal for her "groundbreaking contribution to our knowledge of deep-sea ecosystems, which undoubtedly has a lasting impact on the research field of geomicrobiology," according to the awarding text of the EGU. In addition to her scientific work Antje Boetius also acts as a consultant and supervisor, editor and supporter of good science communication. This has increased and sharpened public and political awareness of biogeosciences. "Through her scientific innovation, scientific coordination and integration and exemplary public relations, she is a luminary of the geomicrobiological community."
The award ceremony will take place on April 10, 2018 at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna. On the occasion of the ceremony, Antje Boetius will give a lecture on "How environmental impacts on seabed communities affect: acidification, lack of oxygen and mining".