Jody W. Deming’s Ecosystem

University of Washington, School of Oceanography



Our research interests:

Adaptations of marine microorganisms (from Bacteria, Archaea and their viruses to sea-ice algae (See Krembs et al, 2011 ) to life within physical support structures (frost flowers [See Bowman and Deming, 2010] shown above on the right, sea ice, particle aggregates and sediments), especially as they influence carbon and other elemental cycles. Listen to an interview on Quirks and Quarks, CBC radio (scroll to “Algae Architects”).

Cold adaptation in marine microorganisms and relevance to polar geochemistry and ecology (International Northwater Polynya Study, NOW; Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study, CASES; Nansen Amundsen Basins Observational System, NABOS; Canadian Flaw Lead System Study, CFL)

Limits of microbial life, especially in ice, as they relate to astrobiology (UW Astrobiology Program), biotechnology (see genomic information for our model psychrophile at TGIR web site) and bioremediation (UW Marine Bioremediation Program). See some of our most recent work at the UW School of Oceanography’s “Life in Extreme Environs” link at the School’s Interdisciplinary Studies/Research page.

Role of benthic bacteria in biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems, from coastal to deep-sea environments (DGoMB)

Hydrostatic pressure in the evolution and ecology of marine bacteria, especially at very cold (in deep-sea and polar environments) and hot (at hydrothermal vents) temperatures.  See Tamburini et al., 2013, in Environmental Microbiology.

Interactive Sample Metadata Link

Links to News and Highlights:

  • Jody is serving as the Director of the Future of Ice Initiative for 2014-1015.  For more information see their website.
  • During September 2013 we and the Arctic community suffered a tragedy of immense personal and professional impact.  Read the CBCNews article or listen to a CBC interview with Martin Fortier.  Information on the funeral services here.
  • Go to Elementa to learn about this new journal (Jody is Editor-in-Chief of its Ocean Domain) and how to submit a manuscript.
  • We are now a UW Certified Green Laboratory - SILVER!
  • See the NSF Highlight on our Arctic frost flower project that involves work by Jeff Bowman and Marcela Ewert.
  • Participants in a March 2012 Campaign in Daneborg, NE Greenland, led by Soeren Rysgaard to examine carbon fluxes through winter sea ice. See the video of this effort.
  • Read blogs on exopolymers in sea ice at DeepBlueHome and MotherJones.
  • Read a recent interview with Jody at Action
  • Jody served as Chief Scientist for Leg 5B of the overwintering icebreaker expedition in the Arctic for CFL, the Circumpolar Flaw Lead Systems Study, Canada’s flagship International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2009 project (Listen to the CBC radio broadcast from CFL)
  • Participants in the ArcticNet 2006 expedition through the Northwest Passage. See the Washington Post article. A short video also summarizes the 2006 effort.
  • Jody received an honorary doctorate from Université Laval, Quebec City, June 2006.
  • Jody was an instructor for the 2005 IARC International Summer School on Climate Change in the Arctic Ocean via NABOS
  • Participants in the NOAA-Ocean Exploration collaborative research effort (go to the link
    for ‘Arctic Exploration’)
  • Jody served as Chief Scientist for the 2003-2004 overwintering expedition of the Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES)