Institut for Biologi

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Bo Barker Jørgensen


Curriculum Vitae

(last updated May 2019)



Born September 22, 1946 (Copenhagen)

Married, 3 children; Danish citizen







Center for Geomicrobiology and Section for Microbiology, Aarhus University

Ny Munkegade 114, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Phone +45 20 10 21 23





Tranebærkæret 3, 8220 Brabrand, Denmark,

Phone +45 86 26 31 23, mobile +45 20 10 21 23



At Aarhus University, Denmark:

M. Sc. in biology (1973); Ph. D. in biology (1977); D.Sc. in biology (1979)


Positions held:

Lecturer, Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Aarhus, DK (1973-1975)

Senior lecturer, Dept. of Ecology and Genetics, Univ. of Aarhus (1975-1987)

Research Professor of the Danish Natural Science Research Council, Dept. of Ecology and Genetics, Univ. of Aarhus (1987-1992)

Director, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, D (1992-2011)

Professor, Dept. of Geology, Univ. of Bremen, D (1993-2011)

Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Aarhus (1993-2007)

Head of DNRF Center for Geomicrobiology, Aarhus Univ. (2007-2017)

Professor, Dept. of Bioscience, Aarhus Univ. (2011-present)



>340 peer reviewed research articles (incl. 35 articles in Science, Nature and PNAS);

(co)editor of 5 books, author of popular articles and reports

33,000 times cited, h-index = 106 (Web of Science)



Responsible supervisor of >50 PhD's and >30 postdocs (since 1980)

University courses for biology students in: Microbiology, Microbial ecology, Marine ecology, Biogeochemistry

University courses for geology students in: Marine Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Planetary Evolution

NASA Planetary Biology Course, San Jose, CA, USA

Marine Microbiology Summer Course, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Mass., USA

Summer Course in Microbiology, Bergen, Norway

Geomicrobiology Course, Catalina Island, USC, California



Director of Institute and Head of Department, MPI-Bremen, 1992-2007

Head of DNRF Center of Excellence, 2007-2017

ERC Advanced Grant, 2011-2017


and awards:

Fellow of the Danish Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters (1986-present)

Friedman Rescue Award, Los Angeles, USA, 1991

Körber Research Prize, Hamburg, D, 1995

Fellow of the Geochemical Society, 2001

G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award (ASLO), Savannah, USA, 2004

ECI Prize, International Ecology Institute, Germany, 2004

Doctor of Honor, University of Southern Denmark, 2006

Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, 2009

Fellow of the European Academy of Microbiology, 2009

German Environmental Prize, 2009

Jim Tiedje Award, International Society for Microbial Ecology, 2010

Holst-Knudsen Research Prize, Aarhus University, 2013

A. C. Redfield Award (ASLO), Honolulu, USA, 2017


Visiting scientist:

Marine Biology Laboratory, Eilat, Israel, (ca ten periods since 1974)

Laboratory of Microbiology, Groningen, Holland (1978)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst., Mass., USA (1980)

NASA-Ames Research Center, Calif., USA (1984-85, 1986)

University of Concepción, Chile (1997, 2006)


Other activities:

Coordinator of EU project METROL, 2002-05 (10 European partners)

Coordinator of EU project BALTIC GAS, 2009-2011 (12 European partners)

Scientific Steering Committee, EU Integrated Project HERMES (42 EU partners)

Co-chief, Ocean Drilling Program, Leg 201, “Deep sub-seafloor biosphere”, 2002

Co-chief, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Leg 347, "Baltic Sea Basin Paleoenvironment", 2013

Chief scientist on research cruises with RV’s Meteor, Poseidon, Petr Kottsov

Main organizer or co-organizer of 8 international workshops and symposia




Marine biogeochemistry and microbial ecology; deep sub-seafloor biosphere; arctic microbiology; sulfur cycling in marine sediments; methane fluxes and anaerobic methane oxidation in the sea bed