Darwin Keynote

Gram Microbiology

Hans Christian Gram was a Danish scientist who developed the gram bacteria stain that is used in classifying bacteria.

Tuesday 2 February 2010
Seminar begins at 4pm in S012
(cookies at 3:30)

Dr. Hazel A. Barton Dr. Hazel A. Barton
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Northern Kentucky

Dr. Hazel A. Barton was born in Bristol, England. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of the West of England in 1993, before moving to Colorado and obtaining her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1997. Following Post-doctoral positions studying microbial ecology with Dr. Norman Pace at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and microbial physiology with Dr. John Roth at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Barton accepted a position as the Ashland Endowed Professor of Integrative Science at Northern Kentucky University, and is also currently an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. In addition to teaching microbiology at NKU and publishing more than 20 journal articles on cave microbiology, she also coordinates an active undergraduate research laboratory including a National Institutes of Health funded study examining microbial responses to starvation and a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project examining the energetic interactions of bacteria in cave environments. Dr. Barton is also an avid caver, having explored caves on five continents, is an award winning cave cartographer and has served as a director of the National Speleological Society (NSS) and the Quintana Roo Speleological Survey. Her cave research has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Forbes, National Geographic Explorer, Outside Magazine, Science News and The Scientist, on NPR and BBC Radio, Animal Planet, the History Channel, The Discovery Channel, CBS and in the IMAX movie Journey into Amazing Caves. She is currently a Fellow of the NSS and the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award.

To learn more about Dr. Barton’s research visit her laboratory at http://www.cavescience.com/

Dr. Hazel Barton's Photographs at Indiana State University

Past Speakers

2009, Dr. Steven Blanke

2008, Dr. Greg Velicer