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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

2006 Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle. Biological Oceanography

Advisor: Bruce W. Frost

2002 M.S., University of Washington, Seattle. Biological Oceanography

1996 B.S., University of New Hampshire. Biology: Marine and Freshwater Research

 

Interests

Biological oceanography, zooplankton ecology, specifically:

  • Behavior of individual zooplankton
  • 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


     

Research Experience

Assistant Professor, 2015 – Present

  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, MD

Assistant Research Professor, 2010 – 2015

  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, MD

Assistant Research Scientist, 2006 – 2010

  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, MD
  • Advisor: Dr. Michael Roman, Professor and Director

Marine Research Specialist I-II, 1997 – 2000

  • University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI
  • Supervisor: Dr. Edward Durbin, Professor of Oceanography

Technical Assistant, 1996 – 1997

  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA
  • Supervisor: Dr. Peter Wiebe, Senior Scientist

Laboratory Assistant, 1995 – 1996

  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • Supervisor: Dr. Ann Bucklin, Professor (Currently, at University of Connecticut)

 

Teaching Experience

University System of Maryland Courses Taught

  • MEES 608M: Long Term Monitoring Data from Chesapeake Bay
  • MEES 621: Biological Oceanography (guest lecturer for one week)
  • MEES 608A: Classic Readings in Oceanography
  • MEES 698G (Now MEES 637): Zooplankton Ecology, 2010 and 2012
  • MEES 608O: Dispersion, degradation, and ecosystem effects of oil in the marine environment

Past Teaching Experience

  • TA, Oceanography Senior Thesis Series, OCEAN 443 / 444, Winter / Spring 2005, University of Washington
  • TA, Introduction to Oceanography, OCEAN 200, Autumn 2002, University of Washington

Guest Lectures (University of Washington & University of Maryland):

  • Zooplankton Ecology, Modeling lecture, MEES 698E, Autumn 2007
  • Design of Oceanographic Field Experiments, OCEAN 443, Spring 2003, 2004
  • Honors Field Investigations in Marine Biology, OCEAN/SAFS 351, Spring 2003
  • Survey of Oceanography, OCEAN 101, Spring 2002
  • Ecology and Evolution, BIOL 203 (cf. BIOL 180), Winter 2000, 2001
 

Peer-Reviewed Papers

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Pierson, J.J., W.C.L. Slater, D. Elliott, & M.R. Roman. 2017. Synergistic effects of seasonal deoxygenation and temperature truncate copepod vertical migration and distribution. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 575:57-68. doi:10.3354/meps12205

Mayor, E., P. Chigbu, J. Pierson, & V.S. Kennedy. 2017. Composition, Abundance, and Life History of Mysids (Crustacea: Mysida) in the Coastal Lagoons of MD, USA. Estuaries and Coasts. 40(1): 224-234. doi: 10.1007/s12237-016-0131-z

Millette, N.C., J.J. Pierson, A. Aceves, & D.K. Stoecker. 2016. Mixotrophy in Heterocapsa rotundata: A mechanism for dominating the winter phytoplankton. Limnology and Oceanography. doi:10.1002/lno.10470

Merz, J., P. S. Bergman, J. Pierson, D. Delaney, J. Melgo, & P. Anders. 2016. Long-Term Seasonal Trends in the Prey Community of Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) Within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California. Estuaries and Coasts. 39(5): 1526–1536. doi: 10.1007/s12237-016-0097-x

Pierson, J. J., D. G. Kimmel & M. R. Roman. 2016 Temperature impacts on Eurytemora size and vital rates in the upper Chesapeake Bay in winter. Estuaries and Coasts. 39(4): 1122–1132. doi: 10.1007/s12237-015-0063-z

Millette, N.C., G.E. King, & J. J. Pierson. 2015. A note on the survival and feeding of copepod nauplii (Eurytemora carolleeae) on the dinoflagellate Heterocapsa rotundata. Journal of Plankton Research. 37(6): 1095-1099. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbv090

Lavrentyev, P.J., G. Franzč, J. J. Pierson, & D. K. Stoecker. 2015. The Effect of Dissolved Polyunsaturated Aldehydes on Microzooplankton Growth Rates in the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coastal Waters. Marine Drugs. 13(5): 2834-2856. doi: 10.3390/md13052834 (Click for Open Access PDF)

Millette, N.C., D. K. Stoecker, & J. J. Pierson. 2015. Top-down control of micro-and mesozooplankton on winter dinoflagellate blooms of Heterocapsa rotundata. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 76: 15-25. doi: 10.3354/ame01763

Melle, W., J. A. Runge, E. Head, S. Plourde, C. Castellani, P. Licandro, J. Pierson, S. Jonasdottir, C. Johnson, C. Broms, H. Debes, T. Falkenhaug, E. Gaard, A. Gislason, M. R. Heath, B. Niehoff, T. G. Nielsen, P. Pepin, E. K. Stenevik, & G. Chust. 2015. Biogeography of key mesozooplankton species in the North Atlantic, by manual counting methods, and egg production of Calanus finmarchicus. Earth System Science Data Discussions. 7(1): 225-242. doi: 10.5194/essdd-7-225-2014

Melle, W., J. Runge, E. Head, S. Plourde, C. Castellani, P. Licandro, J. Pierson, S. Jonasdottir, C. Johnson, C. Broms, H. Debes, T. Falkenhaug, E. Gaard, A. Gislason, M. Heath, B. Niehoff, T. G. Nielsen, P. Pepin, E. K. Stenevik, & G. Chust. 2014. The North Atlantic Ocean as habitat for Calanus finmarchicus: Environmental factors and life history traits. Progress in Oceanography. 129(B) B: 244-284 doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2014.04.026

Elliott, D. T., J. J. Pierson, M. R. Roman. 2013. Copepods and hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay: Abundance, vertical position, and non-predatory mortality. Journal of Plankton Research. 35 (5):1027-1034. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbt049

Elliott, D. T., J. J. Pierson, M. R. Roman. 2013. Predicting the effects of coastal hypoxia on vital rates of the planktonic copepod Acartia tonsa Dana. PLoS ONE. 8 (5), e63987 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0063987

Pierson, J. J., H. Batchelder, W. Saumweber, A. Leising, J. Runge. 2013. The impact of increasing temperature on dormancy duration in Calanus finmarchicus. Journal of Plankton Research 35(3): 504-512. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbt022. Featured article available free HTML or PDF

Pierson, J. J., B. W. Frost, A. W. Leising. 2013. Foray foraging behavior: seasonally-variable, food-driven migratory behavior in two calanoid copepods. Marine Ecology Progress Series 475: 49–64 doi: 10.3354/meps10116

Roman, M. R., J. J. Pierson, D. G. Kimmel, W. C. Boicourt, and X. Zhang. 2012. Impacts of Hypoxia on Zooplankton Spatial Distributions in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Estuaries and Coasts 35(5):1261–1269. doi: 10.1007/s12237-012-9531-x

Elliott, D. T., J. J. Pierson, and M. R. Roman. 2012. Relationship between environmental conditions and zooplankton community structure during summer hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Plankton Research 34(7): 602-613. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbs029

Devreker, D., J. J. Pierson, S. Souissi, D. G. Kimmel, and M. R. Roman. 2012. An experimental approach to estimate egg production and development rate of the calanoid copepod Eurytemora affinis in Chesapeake Bay, USA. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 416-417: 72-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2012.02.010

Maps, F., J.A. Runge, A. Leising, A.J. Pershing, N.R. Record, S. Plourde, and J.J. Pierson. 2012. Modelling the timing and duration of dormancy in populations of Calanus finmarchicus from the Northwest Atlantic shelf. Journal of Plankton Research 34(1): 36- 54. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbr088

Mitra, S., D.G. Kimmel, J.Snyder, S. Scalise, B.D. McGlaughon, M.R. Roman, G.L. Jahn, J.J. Pierson, S.B. Brandt, J.P. Montoya, R.J. Rosenbauer, T.L Lorenson, F.L. Wong, and P.L. Campbell. 2012. Macondo-1 well oil-derived polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in mesozooplankton from the northern Gulf of Mexico. Geophysical Research Letters. 39(1): L01605. doi: 10.1029/2011GL049505

Kimmel, D. G., W. C. Boicourt, J. J. Pierson, M. R. Roman, X. Zhang. 2010. The vertical distribution and diel variability of mesozooplankton biomass, abundance and size in response to hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico USA. Journal of Plankton Research 32(8): 1185-1202. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbp136

Pierson, J. J., M. R. Roman, D. G. Kimmel, W. C. Boicourt, & X. Zhang. 2009. Quantifying changes in the vertical distribution of mesozooplankton in response to hypoxic bottom waters. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 381: S74-S79. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2009.07.013

Kimmel, D. G., W. C. Boicourt, J. J. Pierson, M. R. Roman, & X. Zhang. 2009. A comparison of the mesozooplankton response to hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay and the northern Gulf of Mexico using the biomass size spectrum. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 381: S65-S73. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2009.07.012

Pierson, J. J., B. W. Frost, D. Thoreson, A. W. Leising, J. R. Postel, & M. Nuwer. 2009. Trapping migrating zooplankton. Limnology and Oceanography Methods 7(5): 334-346. doi: 10.4319/lom.2009.7.334 (Click for Open Access PDF)

Pierson, J. J., B. W. Frost, and A. W. Leising. 2007. The lost generation of Calanus pacificus: Is the diatom effect responsible? Limnology and Oceanography 52(5): 2089-2098 doi: 10.4319/lo.2007.52.5.2089 (Click for Open Access PDF)

Bucklin, A., P. H. Wiebe, S. B. Smolenack, N. J. Copley, J. G. Beaudet, K. G. Bonner, J. Farber-Lorda, and J. J. Pierson. 2007. DNA barcodes for species identification of euphausiids (Euphausiacea, Crustacea). Journal of Plankton Research 29(6): 483-493. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbm031

Leising, A. W., J. J. Pierson, S. Cary, and B. W. Frost. 2005. Copepod foraging and predation risk within the surface layer during night-time feeding forays. Journal of Plankton Research 27(10): 987-1001. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbi084

Pierson, J. J., A. W. Leising, and C. Halsband Lenk. 2005. Reproductive success of Calanus pacificus during diatom blooms in Dabob Bay, WA. Progress in Oceanography 67(3/4): 314-331. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2005.09.002

Pierson, J. J., A. W. Leising, C. Halsband-Lenk, and N. Ferm. 2005. Vertical distribution and abundance of Calanus pacificus and Pseudocalanus newmani in relation to chlorophyll a concentrations in Dabob Bay, WA. Progress in Oceanography 37(3/4): 349-365. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2005.09.006

Halsband-Lenk, C., J. J. Pierson, and A. W. Leising. 2005. Reproduction of Pseudocalanus newmani (Copepoda: Calanoida) is deleteriously affected by diatom blooms - a field study. Progress in Oceanography 67(3/4): 332-348. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2005.09.003

Horner, R. A., J. R. Postel, C. Halsband-Lenk, J. J. Pierson, G. Pohnert, and T. Wichard. 2005. Winter-spring phytoplankton blooms in Dabob Bay, Washington. Progress in Oceanography 67(3/4): 286-313. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2005.09.005

Leising, A. W., R. A. Horner, J. J. Pierson, J. R. Postel, and C. Halsband-Lenk. 2005. The balance between microzooplankton grazing and phytoplankton growth in a highly productive estuarine fjord. Progress in Oceanography 67(3/4): 366-683. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2005.09.007

Leising, A. W., J. J. Pierson, C. Halsband-Lenk, R. A. Horner, and J. R. Postel. 2005. Copepod grazing during spring blooms: Can Pseudocalanus newmani induce trophic cascades? Progress in Oceanography 67(3/4): 406-421. doi: /10.1016/j.pocean.2005.09.009

Leising, A. W., J. J. Pierson, C. Halsband-Lenk, R. A. Horner, and J. R. Postel. 2005. Copepod grazing during spring blooms: Does Calanus pacificus avoid harmful diatoms? Progress in Oceanography 67(3/4): 384-405. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2005.09.008

 

Data Sets

Roman, M. & J. Pierson. 2017. Species composition via niskin and associated CTD information collected on R/V Hugh R. Sharp (HRS1316, HRS1317) in the Chesapeake Bay from August to September in 2013. Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2017-06-28. http://lod.bco-dmo.org/id/dataset/707526 Preliminary and in progress

Roman, M. & J. Pierson. 2017. Species composition via MOCNESS and associated CTD information collected on R/V Hugh R. Sharp (HRS1316, HRS1317) in the Chesapeake Bay from August to September in 2013. Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2017-06-28. http://lod.bco-dmo.org/id/dataset/707094 Preliminary and in progress

Pierson, J. & E. Houde. 2015. Anchovy data of Chesapeake Bay. Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2015-07-29. doi:10.1575/1912/bco-dmo.687979

Pierson, J. & M.B. Decker. 2014. DeZoZoo Cruise Data. Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2014-08-07. doi:10.1575/1912/bco-dmo.687984

Pierson, J. 2015a. DeZoZoo CTD Data. Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2015-06-29. doi:10.1575/1912/bco-dmo.687991

Pierson, J. 2015b. Zooplankton from hypoxic waters of Chesapeake Bay. Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2015-08-26. doi:10.1575/1912/bco-dmo.687996

Roman, M., W. Boicourt, & J. Pierson. 2011. Cruise track position data from R/V Pelican cruises PE03-NGOMEX, PE04-NGOMEX, PE06-NGOMEX, PE07-NGOMEX, PE09-05, PE11-06 in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 28-30N 89-94W; 2003-2010 (GoMX NGOMEX project). Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2011-09-23. http://lod.bco-dmo.org/id/dataset/3364 Date Accessed: 7 August 2017

Roman, M., W. Boicourt& J. Pierson. 2011. CTD station locations from R/V Pelican PE03-NGOMEX, PE04-NGOMEX, PE06-NGOMEX, PE07-NGOMEX, PE09-05, PE11-06 in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 28-30N 89-94W; 2003-2010 (GoMX NGOMEX project). Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2011-09-23. http://lod.bco-dmo.org/id/dataset/3382

Roman, M., W. Boicourt & J. Pierson. 2011. MIDAS data from R/V Pelican cruises PE03-NGOMEX, PE04-NGOMEX, PE06-NGOMEX, PE07-NGOMEX, PE09-05, PE11-06 in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 28-30N 89-94W; 2003-2010 (GoMX NGOMEX project). Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2011-09-28. http://lod.bco-dmo.org/id/dataset/3548

Roman, M., W. Boicourt & J. Pierson. 2011. SCANFISH data from R/V Pelican cruises PE03-NGOMEX, PE04-NGOMEX, PE06-NGOMEX, PE07-NGOMEX, PE09-05, PE11-06 in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 28-30N 89-94W; 2003-2010 (GoMX NGOMEX project). Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2011-09-27. http://lod.bco-dmo.org/id/dataset/3549

Roman, M., W. Boicourt & J. Pierson. 2011. CTD bottle data from R/V Pelican cruises PE03-NGOMEX, PE04-NGOMEX, PE06-NGOMEX, PE09-05, PE11-06 in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 28-30N 89-94W; 2003-2010 (GoMX NGOMEX project). Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version 2011-10-14. http://lod.bco-dmo.org/id/dataset/3557

 

Presentations

Pierson J.J., M. Roman, J. Testa, & D. Elliott. Too Hot to Breathe: The impact of rising temperature and decreased oxygen on zooplankton individuals and populations. 6th International ICES/PICES Zooplankton Production Symposium, 2016, Bergen, Norway.

Pierson J.J., N.J. Nidzieko, M.R. Roman, D. Elliott, & C. Fitzgerals. The roles of behavior and physics in controlling copepod population dynamics in hypoxic systems. Poster Presentation Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014, Honolulu, HI.

Pierson J.J., M.R. Roman, & D. Elliott. Critical and Lethal Dissolved Oxygen of Copepod Habitat in the NGOMEX Region. The 5th Annual NOAA/NGI Gulf Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop. Stennis Space Flight Center,

Pierson J.J., M.R. Roman, D.G. Kimmel, D. Elliott, W. Boicourt, G. Jahn, A. Barba. Oil, Floods, and Hypoxia: Zooplankton dynamics in the Northern Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and 2011. Poster Presentation Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012, Salt Lake City, UT.

Pierson J.J., M.R. Roman, D.G. Kimmel, D. Elliott, W. Boicourt, G. Jahn, A. Barba. Oil, Floods, and Hypoxia: Zooplankton dynamics in the Northern Gulf of Mexico 2003-2011. Poster Presentation, 3rd Annual Hypoxia Research Coordination Meeting in Bay St. Louis, MS.

Pierson J.J., D.K. Stoecker, M. Roman, D. Elliott, E. Houde, M.B. Decker, K. Liu, & A. Barba. Plankton trophic dynamics in hypoxic waters: seasonal effects and foodweb implications. Oral presentation ICES ASC 2011, Gdansk, Poland.

Pierson J.J., D. Elliott, M. Roman, & P. Lavrentyev. Plankton dynamics and seasonal hypoxia: tracing cause and effect in complex interacting systems. Oral presentation CERF 2011, Daytona Beach, Florida USA.

Pierson, J.J., Leising, A.W., Runge, J., Maps, F., Johnson, C., Plourde, S., Pershing, A. 2010. Predicting the response of copepod dormancy to climate change: Implications for lipid accumulation. Invited Oral Presentation at Ocean Sciences 2010, Portland, OR.

Pierson, J.J., Roman, M.R., Kimmel, D.G., Hood, R.R., Crump, B.C., Keller, D., Dong-Yoon Lee, D., Malpezzi, M. 2009. Estimates of Winter Zooplankton Production in the Chesapeake Bay Estuarine Turbidity Maximum. Oral presentation at Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2009 Meeting, Portland, OR.

Pierson, J.J., Frost, B.W., Leising, A.W. 2009. Foray foraging behavior of copepods: An empirical and numerical study. Poster presentation at ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Nice, France.

Pierson, J.J., Roman, M., Kimmel, D., Zhang, X., Loveland, B., Boicourt, B.  Quantitative relationships between zooplankton vertical distribution and oxycline depth: Comparisons between regions, size classes, and time of day.  Oral presentation at Ocean Sciences 2008 Meeting, Orlando, FL

Pierson, J.J., Roman, M.R., Kimmel, D.G., Hood, R.R., Keller, D., Crump, B.C., Malpezzi, M. 2007. First observations of winter zooplankton abundance, distribution, and vital rates in the Chesapeake Bay estuarine turbidity maximum. Oral presentation at Estuarine Research Federation 2007 Meeting, Providence, RI

Pierson, J.J., Frost, B.W., Leising, A.W. 2007. Foray foraging behavior in marine copepods.  Oral presentation at PICES/ICES Early Career Scientists Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Pierson, J.J., Leising, A.W., Halsband-Lenk, C., Horner, R.A., Postel, J.R., & Frost, B.W. 2005.  Prey type effects on zooplankton production: A different view of food limitation.  Oral presentation at Estuarine Research Federation 2005 Meeting, Norfolk, VA.

Pierson, J.J., Leising, A.W., Frost, B.W., Horner, R.A., Postel, J.R., & Halsband-Lenk, C. 2004.  Species-specific grazing by Calanus pacificus and Pseudocalanus newmani during phytoplankton blooms in Dabob Bay, Puget Sound (WA).  Oral presentation at ASLO/TOSOcean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI.

Pierson, J.J., & Frost, B.W. 2003.  In situ reproduction of Calanus pacificus before, during, and after phytoplankton blooms.  Oral presentation at 3rd International Zooplankton Production Symposium, Gijon, Spain.

Pierson, J.J., & B.W. Frost. 2002.  Fecundity and egg hatching success of Calanus pacificus and Pseudocalanus newmani during the spring bloom in Dabob Bay, WA.  Oral presentation for ASLO Summer Meeting, Victoria, B.C.

Pierson, J.J., Durbin, E.G. & Sullivan, B.K. 2000.  Suspended planktonic hydroids: Abundance, distribution, and impact of a rapacious predator.  Poster for ASLO/AGU Ocean Sciences, San Antonio, TX

Outreach Activities

  • Chair of UMCES HPL Open House Committee, 2010-2011
  • Member of UMCES HPL Education Committee, 2010-2012
  • Science display, The Plankton Zoo! 2006-2008 Horn Point Laboratory Open House
  • Coordinator, 2005 Student Discussion Group on the US Commission on Ocean Policy
  • Science Judge, 2004-2005 Orca Bowl: Washington State Ocean Science Bowl
  • Coordinator, 2001 and 2003 UW School of Oceanography Open House

 

Awards and Honors

  • Special Award for Assistance with Oceanography Senior Thesis Projects, December 2004
  • Travel Award to the 3rd International Zooplankton Production Symposium in Gijon, Spain, May 2003
  • Received votes in UW Alumni association online poll of senior undergraduates to nominate their favorite teacher
 


James J. Pierson, Ph.D.
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University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
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