Dr. Hazel Barton

Dr. Hazel Barton

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: Biology
Office: ASEC West Tower 178
Phone: 330-972-2518
Fax: 330-972-6077
Email: bartonh@uakron.edu


Hazel A. Barton is an associate professor of microbiology and geology at University of Akron and co-star (with Nancy Holler Aulenbach) of the 2001 IMAX film Journey Into Amazing Caves (narrated by Liam Neeson). She has made appearances on several television shows including the CBS Early Show in 2007 when she was featured by Phil Koeghan as a "Koeghan Hero."

In December of 2006, Barton was featured on Animal Planet's The Real Lost World. Appearances feature Barton's research involving caves and the microbial life that inhabit these harsh environments. She has published numerous publications on cave research and extremophile bacteria and co-authored with Nancy Holler Aulenbach the children's book Exploring Caves: Journeys into the Earth [1] , based on their 2001 film.

She has also been featured in the children's book Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places (Scientist in the Field) by Donna M. Jackson.

Research Accomplishments

Primary publications

Barton, H.A. and Northup, D.E. 2007. Geomicrobiology in Cave Environments: Past, current and future perspectives. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies. 69(1): 163-178.

Banks, E.D., Taylor, N.M., Gulley, J., Lubbers, B.R., Giarrizo, J.G., Bullen, H.A., Hoehler, T.M. and Barton, H.A. 2010. Bacterial Calcium Carbonate Precipitation in Cave Environments: A Function of Calcium Homeostasis. Geomicrobiology Journal 27(5): 444-454.

Bhullar, K., Waglechner, N., Pawlowski, A., Koteva, K., Banks, E.D., Johnston, M.J., Barton, H.A. and Wright, G.D. 2012. Antibiotic resistance is prevalent in an isolated cave microbiome. PLoS ONE 7(4):e34953

Shelley, V., Kaiser, S., Shelly, E., Williams, T., Kramer, M., Haman, K., Keel, K. and Barton, H.A. 2012. Strategies for the decontamination of equipment for Geomyces destructans, the causative agent of White-Nose Syndrome. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies. 75(1):1-10

Barton, M.D., Petronio, M.A., Giarrizzo, J.G., Bowling, B.V. and Barton, H.A. 2013. The genome of Pseudomonas fluorescens strain R124 demonstrates phenotypic adaptation to the mineral environment. Journal of Bacteriology. 195(21): 4793-803.

Turner, G.G., Meteyer, C.U., Barton, H.A., Gumbs, J.F., Reeder, D.M., Overton, B., Bandouchova, H., Bartonička, T., Martínková, N., Pikula, J., Zukal, J. and Blehert, D.S. 2014. Non-Lethal Screening of Bat Wing Skin using UV Fluorescence to Detect Lesions Indicating White-Nose Syndrome. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50(3):566–573

Barton, H.A., Giarrizzo, J.G., Suarez, P., Robertson, C.E., Broering, M., Banks, E.D., Vaishampayan, P.A., and Venkateswaran, K. 2014, Microbial Diversity in a Venezuelan Orthoquartzite Cave is Dominated by the Chloroflexi (Class Ktedonobacterales) and Thaumarchaeota Group I.1c. Frontiers in Microbiology 5(614):1-14

Summons, R.E., A.L. Sessions, A.C. Allwood, H. A. Barton, D.W. Beaty, B. Blakkolb, J. Canham, B. C. Clark, J. P. Dworkin, Y. Lin, R. Mathies, S. M. Milkovich, and A. Steele. 2014, Planning Considerations Related to the Organic Contamination of Martian Samples and Implications for the Mars 2020 Rover. Astrobiology 14(12):969-1027.

Reynolds, H.T., Ingersoll, T. and Barton, H.A. 2015, The Environmental Growth of Pseudogymnoascus destructans and its Impact on the White-nose Syndrome Epidemic in Little Brown Bats (Myotis lucifugus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51(2): 318-331

Barton, H.A. 2015. Starving artists: Bacterial oligotrophic heterotrophy in caves. In Life in Extreme Environments: Microbial Life of Cave Systems, Ed A. Engel. Walter de Gruyter, New York, NY. p. 350

Haciejewska, M., Pessi, I.S., Arguelles-Arias, A., Noirfalise, P, Luis, G., Ongena, M., Barton, H.A., Carnol, M. and Rigali, S. 2015. Steptomyces lunaelactis sp. nov., a Novel Ferroverdin A-Producing Streptomyces Species Isolated from a Moonmilk Speleothem. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Journal of Microbiology 107(2):519-31