Specialties: Climate Change, Coastal and Nearshore Environment, Dead Zones and Hypoxia, Deep Sea Communities, Marine Technology, Ocean Acidification, Polar Research
Jim Barry studies factors that influence the structure and function of marine biological communities. The current focus of Jim’s lab at MBARI is the influence of changing ocean chemistry and temperature on marine ecosystems (the biology of a high-CO2 ocean). Current studies include laboratory and in situ studies of the physiological response of shallow and deep-sea organisms to ocean acidification, hypoxia, and warming – all factors linked to atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. Other topics range from the role of Monterey Canyon in the transport of materials across the continental margin, as well as its influence on canyon ecosystems, the ecology of chemosynthetic communities, links between climate changes and the ecosystem in the Ross Sea of Antarctica, and the biological effects of direct carbon dioxide sequestration in the deep-sea.
Jim was recipient of the 2008 Ricketts Memorial Award; a 1998 Pew Fellowship nominee, an ARCS fellow at the University of California, San Diego (1986); University of California Sea Grant Trainee-ship (1982-1984); a Scripps Industrial Associates Fellowship (1981) and an Antarctic Service Medal recipient (1971). Jim received his BA in Zoology and his MA in Biology (Marine science/wetlands biology) from San Jose State University and his Ph.D. in Oceanography form the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, La Jolla.
Phone: (831) 775-1726