Welcome Interim Director

DemingChair of the Future of Ice, Eric Steig, is on sabbatical leave in Scottland for this academic year, 2014-2015. Filling in his place as Interim Director is Jody Deming, Professor of Oceanography. Jody has been an active member of the Future of Ice Initiative and is a part of the board since the development of the Initiative. Jody’s research interests includes 1) Micro-scale foraging and survival strategies of marine microorganisms within physical support, especially as they influence carbon and other elemental cycles; 2) Cold adaptation in marine microorganisms and relevance to polar geochemistry and ecology; 3) Limits of microbial life, especially in ice, as they relate to astrobiology (UW Astrobiology Program), biotechnology and bioremediation (UW Marine Bioremediation Program); 4) Role of benthic bacteria in biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems, from coastal to deep-sea environments; 5) Hydrostatic pressure in the evolution and ecology of marine bacteria, especially at very cold and hot temperatures. The committee of the Future of Ice Initiative would like to welcome Jody! 

Executive Committee

Activities under the “Future of Ice” Initiative are coordinated by a board representing centers and programs from across the University of Washington. For 2013-2014, the Executive consists of Eric Steig, Chair (Quaternary Research Center / Earth and Space Sciences), Ben Fitzhugh (Quaternary Research Center / Anthropology), Axel Schweiger (Polar Science Center, the Applied Physics Lab) and Nadine Fabbi (Canadian Studies Center).


Current Board embers include Cecilia Bitz (Atmospheric Sciences), Jody Deming (Oceanography), Nadine Fabbi (Canadian Studies Center), Ben Fitzhugh (Anthropology and Quaternary Research Center), Vincent Gallucci (School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Canadian Studies Center), Tom Leschine (School of Marine Affairs), Bruce Nelson (Earth and Space Sciences), Axel Schweiger (Applied Physics Labortoray), Eric Steig (Earth and Space Sciences), Luanne Thompson (Program on Climate Change and Oceanography), and Rebecca Woodgate (Polar Science Center).

Task Force

The Future of Ice Initiative was developed by a “Task Force” of faculty appointed by Lisa Graumlich, Dean of the College of the Environment. The Task Force represented interdisciplinary centers, departments and programs from across the university.  Members of the Task Force form the initial board for the Initiative.

Eric Steig Ben Fitzhugh Axel Schweiger
Eric Steig
Quaternary Research Center
Department of Earth and Space Sciences
Ben Fitzhugh
Quaternary Research Center
Department of Anthropology
Axel Schweiger
Polar Science Center
Nadine Fabbi Luanne Thompson Jody Deming
Nadine Fabbi
Canadian Studies Center (Associate Director)
Luanne Thompson
School of Oceanography
Program on Climate Change (Director)
Jody Deming
School of Oceanography
Luanne Cecilia Bitz Rebecca Woodgate
Vince Gallucci
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Canadian Studies Center (Associate Director)
Cecilia Bitz
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Rebecca Woodgate
Polar Science Center