Jody W. Deming’s Ecosystem

University of Washington, School of Oceanography



  • Jody W. Deming
  • Phone: (206) 543-0845
    E-mail: jdeming AT
    Address: School of Oceanography
    Campus Mailbox: 357940
    University of Washington
    Seattle WA 98185
    Office: 370 MSB (map)

Postdoctoral Associates

  • Anders Torstensson WELCOME! to Anders who will come to us late summer/early autumn 2016 from the University of Göteborg, Sweden. He will work with Jodi Young and Jody Deming on the response of polar marine ecosystems to salinity changes as a part of the Future of Ice Initiative.

Current Graduate Students

  • Zachary Cooper WELCOME! to Zachary who will join us this summer 2016 from the University of Georgia.  He will begin working on 34H/phage 9A interactions and host specificity in environmental extremes.
  • Gordon “Max” Showalter, studies bacterial swimming behaviors (motility) in cold and subzero temperatures to help understand microbial colonization of sea ice and pursue the use of motility as a biosignature in extreme and extraterrestrial environments. (gshowalt AT uw DOT edu).  Check out his Town Hall talk.  He attended NSF’s 10th Antarctic Biology Training Program at Palmer Station this summer 2016.
  • Evan Firth, got her MS on an NSF-funded project on Seasonal Synergy between Bacterial Osmoprotection and Algal Production in Sea Ice (firth.evan AT Evan attended the 2013 May Sea Ice Field Course.  Evan is currently involved in an AB rotation (2016) in Dr. Catling’s lab measuring the microbial tolerance of Martian brine solutions.

UW Astrobiology Rotation Students/Visiting Students

  • Paul Kintner (UW AB program) examining the fractionation of bacteria in sea ice as it freezes with respect to freezing rate and the presence of gels. (kintner AT uw DOT edu).
  • Brett Morris (UW AB program) striving for algorithmic detection of bacterial motility and taxis using the digital holographic microscope SHAMU (source code: shampoo). (bmmorris AT uw DOT edu).

Current Undergraduate and High School Students

  • Leila Johnson - senior thesis, EEA (Leyia AT usa DOT net)
  • Anais Gentilhomme - senior thesis, fate of lead in sea ice as influenced by EPS (anais AT gentilhomme DOT com)
  • Kobe Ryan - 34H UV survivability (koberyan AT comcast DOT net)
  • Violet Schermer - high school intern (violetschermer AT gmail DOT com)

Recent Work/Study Students

  • Leyia Johnson (UW undergraduate) examining long-term stored pressure vessels for interesting cold-adapted, enriched bacterial isolates. (Leyia AT usa DOT net).

Current Research Staff

  • Shelly Carpenter Research Scientist/Engineer IV/Lab Manager (seashell AT  See Shelly’s other exploits at the APL-Polar Science Center Rotten Ice Project page here or here.

Former Lab Members