- Josephine Rapp Working with Jody Deming and the Geneflow collaboration towards thorough bioinformatics analyses on transcriptomes and metagenomes from cryopeg and sea ice brines from Utqiagvik, AK, fieldwork. (jzrapp AT uw.edu)
- Anders Torstensson Working with Jodi Young and Jody Deming on the uptake, production and recycling of compatible solutes in sea ice algae as part of the Future of Ice Initiative. (andtor AT uw.edu).
- Marcela Ewert Working on publishing some unpublished extracellular enzyme data from Yves-Alain Vetter's thesis. "Substrate binding strength and specificity of freely-released extracellular enzymes from marine bacterial isolates". (mewerts AT gmail.com)
Current Graduate Students
- Zachary Cooper examining microbial diversity and interactions in sea ice and cryopeg brines using genomics and genetics as a part of the Moore Foundation proposal “Understanding How Virus Infection Affects Gene Flow and Microbial Evolution in Extreme Polar Environments“. Zac received his Master's degree in December of 2018. (zcooper AT uw.edu).
- Gordon “Max” Showalter Defended his Master’s Degree on Feb 21, 2017, completing his work on 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. Check out his Town Hall talk. He attended NSF’s 10th Antarctic Biology Training Program at Palmer Station this summer 2016. Max passed his general exams in April of 2018. (gshowalt AT uw.edu).
UW Astrobiology Rotation Students/Visiting Students
Current Undergraduate and High School Students
- Annie Shoemaker Summer 2018. Working with Anders Torstensson generating growth curve data for bacterial isolates in culture with psychrophilic diatoms, as well as some temperature characterizaton of these isolates. (annashoe AT uw.edu).
Current Work/Study Students
Liz Miller Summer 2018. Working on characterizing our sea ice brine isolate, Psychrobacter sp. - P7E, using temperature range of growth, salinity range of growth and acclimatizaton testing. (miller.eliz.c AT gmail.com. CONGRATULATIONS to Liz who has accepted a graduate school offer from the University of Hawaii!
Current Research Staff
- Shelly Carpenter Research Scientist/Engineer IV/Lab Manager. See Shelly’s other exploits at the APL-Polar Science Center: Sustained Life in Ice and the Rotten Ice Project. Shelly just received the College of the Environment award for Distinguished Staff Member 2018-2019. (seashell AT uw.edu)