Hillary Eaton

Title
Associate Professor of Biology
Email
Department
Biology and Chemistry Dept
College
College of Arts & Sciences
Hillary  Eaton

Dr. Eaton is the Program Chair of Forensic Biology. She earned a Ph.D. from Oregon State University and has enjoyed a career as a research microbiologist in both academia and government agencies. She has over a decade of experience working in pathology, toxicology and veterinary medicine, in addition to supporting the military through research focused in bioremediation, antimicrobial resistance, environmental and microbial forensics. Her research interests are in environmental, microbial and wildlife forensics.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, Oregon State University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Agriculture: Veterinary Science and Biochemistry, University of Arizona

  • CEFB 396: COOP Ed - Forensics Biology
  • BIO 215: Genetics
  • BIO 215L: Genetics Laboratory
  • BIO 302: Instrum Analys & Trace Evidenc
  • BIO 405: Molecular & Cell Biology
  • BIO 405L: Molecular & Cell Biology Lab

Fuller, M.E., Hatzinger, P.B., Condee, C.W., Andaya, C., Vainberg, S., Michalsen, M.M., Crocker, F.H., Indest, K.J., Jung, C.M., Eaton, H.L., and Istok, J.D. (2015). Laboratory evaluation of bioaugmentation for aerobic treatment of RDX in groundwater. Biodegradation. 26 (1): 77-89.

Indest, K.I., Eaton, H.L., Jung, C.J., Lounds, C.B. (2014). Biotransformation of explosives by Reticulitermes flavipes associated termite endosymbionts. Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology. 24: 114-119.

Eaton H.L., Murty, L.D., Duringer, J.M., Craig, A.M. (2013). Ruminal bioremediation of the high energy explosive HMX by sheep microorganisms. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 350 (2014): 34-41.

Eaton H.L., Duringer, J.M., Murty, L.D., Craig, A.M. (2013). Anaerobic bioremediation of RDX by ovine whole rumen fluid and pure culture isolates. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 97(8): 3699-3710.

Eaton, H.L., De Lorme, M., Chaney, R.L., Craig, A.M. (2011). Ovine Ruminal Microbes Are Capable of Biotransforming Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX). Microbial Ecology. 62:274-286.

Eaton, H.L. (2011). Anaerobic biodegradation of the cyclic nitramines, RDX and HMX, by ovine ruminal microbes. Dissertation, Oregon State University.

American Society of Microbiology

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

American Chemical Society

Council on Undergraduate Research


ERAU Researcher of the Year (2018-2019)  for the College of Arts & Sciences and the Prescott Campus