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Marine researcher awarded geosciences medal

Antje Boetius, director of the Alfred Wegener Institute for polar and marine research, has been awarded the European Geosciences Union’s Vernadsky medal for her exceptional contributions to biogeosciences.

Boetius, a deep-sea scientist who also runs a Max Planck Society research group, has been director of the AWI since November 2017. She is the first woman to receive the Vernadsky medal, which was launched in 2003.

The award is in recognition of “her groundbreaking contributions to biogeosciences and spearheading research on methane-based metabolisms and the marine carbon cycle”, the AWI said in a statement on 10 April.

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