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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

Instructor, Dispersion, degradation, and ecosystem effects of oil in the marine environment,MEES 608O, Autumn 2010, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences

Instructor, Zooplankton Ecology,MEES 698G, Spring 2010, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences

Instructor, Classic Readings in Oceanography, MEES 608A, Spring 2009, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences

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

Funded Projects

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Peer-Reviewed Papers

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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

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

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

 

 

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.
Research Assistant Professor

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Horn Point Laboratory
2020 Horns Point Rd.
Cambridge, MD 21613
410.221.8218

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