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January 12th, 2016

Diana Nemergut, 1974-2015

Our friend and colleage Diana Nemergut passed away on the last day of 2015 after battling a brain tumor.  She left behind a community of friends who mourn her deeply, and who celebrate her memory.

Diana was a microbial ecologist who contributed greatly to our understanding of microbial community structures and functions in soil. Soon after earning her PhD at CU in 2004, she came to INSTAAR and the Environmental Studies program as an Associate Professor. In 2014 she moved to North Carolina with her husband Alan Townsend and daughter Neva and became an Associate Research Professor in the Duke University Biology department.

Diana was a brilliant, generous, and inclusive scholar and a person who demonstrated grace, zest, humor, and kindness in everything she did.  She really seemed to shine a little brighter.

Her family has asked that those wishing to honor Diana’s memory do so by “helping those less fortunate than ourselves, in any way that is most meaningful to you.”