Bo Barker Jørgensen

Professor, head of center

Curriculum Vitae

(last updated November 2009)



Born September 22, 1946 (Copenhagen)

Married, 3 children; Danish citizen


Director, Head of Center, Professor, Adjunct Professor



Center for Geomicrobiology, Aarhus University

Ny Munkegade 114-116, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Phone +45 89 42 33 14; e-mail:



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 (1992-present)

Professor, Dept. of Geology, University of Bremen, D (1993-present)

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

Head of Center for Geomicrobiology, (a joint initiative of the Danish National Research Foundation and the German Max Planck Society), Aarhus University, DK (2007-present)


>250 peer reviewed research articles (incl. 22 articles in Science and Nature);

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

ISI Highly Cited scientist


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

Responsible supervisor of >50 PhD’s since 1980

Lectures and

public outreach

Invited speaker at many international symposia and workshops (20 invited lectures in 2009)

Danish TV/radio programs based on research by BBJ et al.:

DR TV-Fakta, "Profiluren - på vandring i grænselaget", 35 min, 1991

TV2, Viden Om, "Havets tikkende bombe", 30 min, 2005

DR1, Videnskabens Verden, 45 min, 2007


and awards:

Research Associateship, 1984-85, National Research Council, USA

Research Professorship, 1987-92, Danish Natural Science Research Council

The Friedman Rescue Award, Los Angeles, USA, 1991

The Körber Research Prize, Hamburg, D, 1995

Fellow of the Geochemical Society, 2001

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

The 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

The German Environmental Prize, 2009

Editorial boards:

Member of six editorial boards of international science journals (former or present)


and boards

(past 10 years):

Steering committee member:

Research Center for Ocean Margins (RCOM), University of Bremen

Consortium for German Marine Research (KDM)

International Research Center for Continental Margins (IRCCM), Jakobs University, Bremen

Scientific Advisory Boards:

Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Plön, Germany (-1998)

Institute for Baltic Marine Research, Warnemünde/Rostock, Germany (-2001)

Institute of Marine Research, University of Kiel, Germany (chairman) (-2004)

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany (2006-)

Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria (2005-)

Kuratorium, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany (1997-2006)

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:

Danish Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters (member, 1986-present)

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

Chief scientist on research cruises with RV’s JOIDES Resolution, Meteor, Poseidon

Main organizer or co-organizer of 6 international workshops and symposia



Marine biogeochemistry and microbial ecology; deep sub-seafloor biosphere; arctic microbiology; sulfide oxidation and sulfur bacteria; upwelling and oxygen minimum zones; methane fluxes and anaerobic methane oxidation in the sea bed