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Born 1964

Education: M.Sc. (Cand. scient.) in biology with chemistry 1989, and Ph.D. 1993, both University of Aarhus


  • 1989-93: Research assistant, Institute of Genetics and Ecology, University of Aarhus
  • 1993-98: Researcher, Max-Planck-Institut für marine Mikrobiologie, Bremen
  • 1998-2003: Associate research profesor, Danish Center for Earth System Science, SDU
  • 2003-08: Associate professor, Institute of Biology, SDU
  • 2008-13: Professor with special assignment, Institute of Biology, SDU
  • 2013-: Professor in geomicrobiology, Biologisk Institut, SDU

Current professional activities:

  • Associate editor, Limnology and Oceanography
  • Member of the Danish National Committee for IUBS (International Union of Biological Sciences)
  • Member of the Danich NAtional Council for Oceanology
  • Board member of the Danich Center for Marine Research
  • Member of American Society of Microbiology
  • Member of American Society for Limnology and Oceanography


  • Fyens Stiftstidene Research Award 2006
  • Elite Research Award of the Ministry of Research 2007

Research areas

Microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, early evolution

Research information

Microorganisms play pivotal roles in the biogeochemistry of the Earth, carrying out both photosynthesis and degradation and performing a range of processes that are unique to prokaryotes yet essential for the maintenance of a habitable planet. Prokaryotes have been the dominating life form through most of Earth’s history and have contributed decisively to the chemical evolution of the biosphere. Their functional diversity also represents an important resource for biotechnological applications in the widest sense. These are the basic premises behind my interest in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. Thus, it has been and remains my interest to explore the diversity and ecological and biogeochemical role of microbial processes on levels of organization ranging from the pure bacterial cultures over microbial communities to global elemental cycles, on modern Earth as well as in the geologic past.

My research focuses on aspects of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in aquatic environments, mainly marine sediments, anoxic basins, and oxygen minimum zones. Main specific themes include
• the rates and oxidative pathways of carbon mineralization,
• the redox cycling of manganese and iron,
• the oxidative sulfur cycle and sulfur cycling on early Earth,
• the effect of temperature on microbial processes,
• anaerobic ammonium oxidation and the marine nitrogen cycle, and
• geomicrobiology of oxygen minimum zones.

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Research Output 1992 2019

Baltic Methanosarcina and Clostridium compete for electrons from metallic iron

Palacios Jaramillo, P. A., Snoeyenbos-West, O., Löscher, C., Thamdrup, B. & Rotaru, A-E., 26 Jan 2019, In : BioRxiv. 530386.

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Extracellular electron uptake by two Methanosarcina species

Yee, M. O., Snoeyenbos-West, O., Thamdrup, B., Ottosen, L. D. M. & Rotaru, A-E., 5 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Frontiers in Energy Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

uptake mechanisms
electron transfer

Interspecies interactions mediated by conductive minerals in the sediments of the iron rich meromictic lake La Cruz, Spain

Rotaru, A-E., Posth, N., Löscher, C., Miracle, M. R., Vincence, E., Cox, R. P., Thompson, J., Poulton, S. W. & Thamdrup, B., 30 Jan 2019, In : Limnetica.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

meromictic lake

Anaerobic methane oxidation and aerobic methane production in an east African great lake (Lake Kivu)

Roland, F. A. E., Morana, C., Darchambeau, F., Crowe, S. A., Thamdrup, B., Descy, J-P. & Borges, A. V., Dec 2018, In : Journal of Great Lakes Research. 44, 6, p. 1183-1193

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

methane production

Benthic nitrogen cycling in the North Sea

Rosales Villa, A. R., Jickells, T. D., Sivyer, D. B., Parker, E. R. & Thamdrup, B., 2018, In : Continental Shelf Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

North Sea

Activities 1998 2018

Ph.D. defense, Sebastiaan van de Velde, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Event)

Bo Thamdrup (Chairman)
8 Jun 2018

Activity: MembershipMembership of review committee

HADES Feltarbejde, Atacama Trench, udfor Chiles kyst

Ronnie N. Glud (Participant), Bo Thamdrup (Participant), Morten Larsen (Participant), Clemens Schauberger (Participant), Anni Glud (Participant)
2 Mar 20183 Apr 2018

Activity: Other activitiesOther

Feltarbejde, NOVAMOX Togt, Gulfo Dulce, ud for Costa Rica

Bo Thamdrup (Participant), Laura A. Bristow (Participant), Lene Jakobsen (Participant)
27 Jan 20187 Feb 2018

Activity: Other activitiesOther

Feltarbejde, Kermadec Trench, ud for New Zealand

Bo Thamdrup (Participant)
19 Nov 201717 Dec 2017

Activity: Other activitiesOther

Ph.D. defense, Ke-Qing Xiao, Aarhus University (Event)

Bo Thamdrup (Member)
27 Oct 2017

Activity: MembershipMembership of review committee

Projects 2008 2021

Press / Media

Havbakterier er klimaets joker

Bo Thamdrup


1 item of media coverage

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Per Damkier, Martin Rheinheimer, Camilla Hørby Jensen & Bo Thamdrup


1 item of media coverage

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Nu kommer forskerne efter metangas

Bo Thamdrup


1 item of media coverage

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Bakteriesamarbejde dræner havområde for næring

Bo Thamdrup


1 item of media coverage

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Strangers Invade the Homes of Giant Bacteria

Bo Thamdrup


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Fyens Stiftstidenes Forskerpris

Bo Thamdrup (Recipient), 19 May 2006

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Science Innovation Award

Bo Thamdrup (Recipient), 2017

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Videnskabsministeriets EliteForsk-pris 2007

Bo Thamdrup (Recipient), 24 Jan 2008

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions