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In memoriam - Anna Godhe

Our dear and esteemed friend and colleague, Professor Anna Godhe, has passed away. She died peacefully April 4, 2019 after a time of illness. A very appreciated colleague will be missed.

Anna Godhe worked at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg since 1996. She received her PhD in Marine Botany 2002 and was promoted to professor in Marine Ecology at the University of Gothenburg in 2013. Since the start of CeMEB she was one of our most active members. Her expertise and research interest were molecular ecology and evolution of phytoplankton. Her main contributions to marine science is the role of different life-cycle stages, including dormant stages, in the structuring of phytoplankton populations, and how genetic populations are connected at both temporal and spatial scales. In recent years, she focused her research on reviving populations of diatoms from sediment cores in order to study short-term adaptations to anthropogenic changes in the environment such as eutrophication and contamination of heavy metals. In CeMEB Anna has also led the work on the Skeletonema marinoi reference genome.

Anna was awarded the Faculty of Science's research prize in 2018. The motivation was: "She creates pioneering research that extends over conventional boundaries in widely differing research projects, together with national and international colleagues with very varied disciplinary background."

An evaluation recently showed that Anna was the most productive researcher within the Department of Marine Sciences with regard to the number of scientific articles over the past three years. The Head of Department Henrik Pavia describes the passing away as a great loss both on the professional and personal level.
- "Anna was a very committed and driven person who really developed her field of research. I have known here since her PhD student and could already then notice her strong drive for science."

Anna's strong international engagement also demonstrated in the many and long periods of international academic exchange. Just a few weeks ago she was on a field study trip in India. She has worked as a visiting professor at Nitte University in India, the University of Washington and Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Italy.

Anna has supervised a number of doctoral and master students. She also co-hosted the Marine Colloquium at the Department for Marine Sciences with the aim of strengthening the scientific culture within the department. She was a member of the steering committee for the Centre for Sea and Society and has been involved in the development of multidisciplinary work within the university. Recently, Anna took up a visiting professor (Hedda Andersson professor) at the Department of Geology, Lund University.

A large number of department staff, students and international collaborators miss Anna not only as a very professional colleague, but also as a very dear friend.

Page Manager: Eva Marie Rödström|Last update: 11/19/2019
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