Diana Northup

Summary

Diana Eleanor Northup
Alma materUniversity of New Mexico
West Virginia University
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of New Mexico
ThesisGeomicrobiology of caves (2002)

Diana E. Northup is an American biologist who is a professor at the University of New Mexico. Her research considers the species that live in caves. Northup is a Fellow of the National Speleological Society and the Cave Research Foundation. She wrote the Wiley textbook Microbial Ecology.[1][page needed] She was awarded the National Speleological Society Science Prize in 2013.[2]

Early life and education

Northup was an undergraduate student at West Virginia University. She moved to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for graduate studies, where she earned a Master's of Library Science in 1972. Northup moved to the University of New Mexico, where she earned a Master's degree in biology in 1988. She remained at the University of New Mexico for her doctoral research, where she studied the geomicrobiology of caves.[3][page needed]

Research and career

Northup joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico. At the UNM she started the Subsurface Life In Mineral Environments (SLIME) team.[4] In particular, Northup studies the colourful ferromanganese deposits that line the walls of Lechuguilla and Spider Caves.[5] Her work on the Lechuguilla Cave was featured on PBS' Nova.[5][6] The microbes that form the deposits in these caves are involved with the precipitation of calcium carbonate, which results in the formation of pool fingers. She is also interested in the hydrogen sulphide cave ('Cueva de las Sardinas') in Tabasco.[7][unreliable source?]

Northup was elected Fellow of the National Speleological Society in 1992, and awarded their Science Prize in 2013.[2][8]

Selected publications

  • Diana E. Northup; Kathleen H. Lavoie (July 2001). "Geomicrobiology of Caves: A Review". Geomicrobiology Journal. 18 (3): 199–222. doi:10.1080/01490450152467750. ISSN 0149-0451. Wikidata Q56804016.
  • Louise D. Hose; Arthur N. Palmer; Margaret V. Palmer; Diana E. Northup; Penelope J. Boston; Harvey R. DuChene (September 2000). "Microbiology and geochemistry in a hydrogen-sulphide-rich karst environment". Chemical Geology. 169 (3–4): 399–423. Bibcode:2000ChGeo.169..399H. doi:10.1016/S0009-2541(00)00217-5. ISSN 0009-2541. Wikidata Q56804018.
  • P.J. Boston; M.N. Spilde; D.E. Northup; et al. (1 January 2001). "Cave biosignature suites: microbes, minerals, and Mars". Astrobiology. 1 (1): 25–55. Bibcode:2001AsBio...1...25B. doi:10.1089/153110701750137413. ISSN 1531-1074. PMID 12448994. Wikidata Q38494926.

Books

  • Barton, Larry (2011). Microbial ecology. Diana E. Northrup. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-01582-7. OCLC 757394257.

References

  1. ^ Barton, Larry (2011). Microbial ecology. Diana E. Northrup. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-01582-7. OCLC 757394257.
  2. ^ a b "NSS Science Awardees". caves.org. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  3. ^ Northup, Diana E (2002). Geomicrobiology of caves (Thesis). OCLC 51209753.
  4. ^ "SLIME Team People". www.caveslime.org. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  5. ^ a b "The Explorers Club -". explorers.org. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  6. ^ "Diana Northup on Nova". biology.unm.edu. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  7. ^ "Diana Northup". extraordinarywls.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  8. ^ "NSS Fellows Awardees". caves.org. Retrieved 2021-07-09.