Mr. Michael N. Spilde

Manager, Microprobe/SEM Laboratories

Institute of Meteoritics

MSC03 2050

1 University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: 505-277-5430

Fax: 505-277-3577

Email: mspilde /at/ unm /dot/ edu

M.S., South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 1987

Research interests: My primary field of study is mineralogy, with an emphasis on microbeam techniques (SEM, TEM, electron microprobe, and X-ray microprobe). My research is focused in several areas: 1) The use subsurface terrestrial environments (particularly caves and lava tubes) as analogies to the subsurface of Mars in the search for life, 2) The study of biogenic minerals, particularly manganese oxides, and 3) Cave geology and mineralogy.

Recent Publications

Spilde M. N., Northup D. E., and Boston, P. J. (2006) Ferromanganese deposits in the caves of the Gaudalupe Mountans. Caves and Karst of Southeastern New Mexico, New Mexico Geological Society 57th Fall Field Conference Guidebook, 161-166. Click for PDF reprint

Spilde M. N., Northup D. E., Boston P. J., Schelble R. T., Dano, K. E., Crossey L. J., Dahm C. N. (2005) Geomicrobiology of cave ferromanganese deposits: A field and laboratory investigation. Geomicrobiology Journal 22:99-116. Click for PDF reprint

Northup D. E., Barns S. M., Yu L. E., Spilde M. N., Schelble R. T., Dano, K. E., Crossey L. J., Connolly C. A., Boston P. J., Natvig D. O., and Dahm C. N. (2003) Diverse microbial communities inhabiting ferromanganese deposits in Lechuguilla and Spider caves. Environmental Microbiology, 5:1071-1086.

Boston P. J., Spilde M. N., Northup D. E., Melim L. A., Soroka D. S., Kleina L. G., Lavoie K. H., Hose L. D., Mallory L. A., Dahm C. N., Crossey L. J., and Schelble R. T. (2001) Cave biosignature suites: Microbes, minerals, and Mars. Astrobiology Journal, 1:25-55.

Bowman L. E., Spilde M. N., and Papike J. J. (1997) Automated EDS modal analysis applied to the diogenites. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 32:869-875.

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