Jody Deming [EMAIL]

Walters Endowed Professor,

Office: MSB 370
Phone: 206-543-0845

Box Number: 357940

Astrobiology Areas of Interest: Life in Extreme Environments


Jody W. Deming earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences cum laude from Smith College (1974) and Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland (1981). She received NSF and NOAA postdoctoral fellowships for deep-sea research (1981–1983) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Johns Hopkins University. She continued research at the JHU Chesapeake Bay Institute until moving to the University of Washington in 1988, where she is Professor in the School of Oceanography (since 1995). 
At UW, she has directed the Marine Bioremediation Program (1992–1999), launched the Marine Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory (now the Center for Environmental Genomics), and helped establish the nation’s first graduate training program in Astrobiology (1998–present). She and her students currently explore microbial life in the Arctic Ocean and its sea-ice cover. She served on the US Polar Research Board during the International Polar Year 2007–2009, has chaired the International Arctic Polynya Program since 2000, and currently serves on the US Ocean Sciences Board and an NRC Deepwater Horizon Committee.
She publishes regularly, has participated in over 45 research expeditions and related outreach efforts, and mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students. Among her awards are NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989), US Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal (1993), Honorary Doctorate in Science and Engineering, Université Laval in Quebec (2006), and the Walters Endowed Professorship (2009–present).
She is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology (elected 1999) and US National Academy of Sciences (elected 2003). She is also a native Texan with Choctaw heritage, trained in classical piano and loves to swim, even in the cold.