James Pierson

Photo of James Pierson Associate Professor
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Horn Point Laboratory
2020 Horns Point Rd.
Cambridge, Maryland 21613
Email: jpierson@umces.edu
Phone: 410-221-8218

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Crustaceans, copepods, hypoxia, vertical migration, plankton ecology, oceanography, STEM inclusion, broadening participation

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Biographical Sketch

I am a biological oceanographer, specializing in zooplankton ecology. My specific interests include:

  • Vertical migration and feeding behavior of zooplankton, with special emphasis on planktonic copepods
  • Response of zooplankton life histories to environmental and climatic changes
  • Combining in situ data with numerical model results to link individuals’ behaviors to population dynamics and structure


  • 2006    Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle. Biological Oceanography
  • 2002    M.S.,    University of Washington, Seattle. Biological Oceanography
  • 1996    B.S.,     University of New Hampshire. Biology: Marine and Freshwater

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