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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

    

Professional Background

2018 – Present Associate Professor with tenure
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Horn Point Laboratory
Cambridge, MD

2015 – 2018

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

2010 – 2015

Assistant Research Professor
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Horn Point Laboratory
Cambridge, MD

2006 – 2010

Assistant Research Scientist
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Horn Point Laboratory
Cambridge, MD

2000 – 2006

Graduate Research Assistant
University of Washington
School of Oceanography
Seattle, WA

1997 – 2000

Marine Research Specialist I-II
University of Rhode Island
Graduate School of Oceanography
Narragansett, RI

1996 – 1997

Technical Assistant
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH &
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Woods Hole, MA

1995 – 1996

Laboratory Assistant
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

 

Research Interests

Biological oceanography, zooplankton ecology, specifically:

  • 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

 

Peer-Reviewed Papers

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Meyer-Gutbrod, E.L., J.J. Pierson, M. Behl. In press. Community Perspectives on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Ocean Sciences. Oceanography.

Roman, M.R. and J.J. Pierson. 2022 . Interactive effects of increasing temperature and decreasing oxygen on coastal zooplankton. Biological Bulletin. 243(2). doi: 10.1086/722111

H. A. Woods, A. L. Moran, C. Atkinson, A. Audzijonyte, M. Berenbrink, F. O. Borges, K. G. Burnett, L. E. Burnett, C. J. Coates, R. Collin, E. M. Costa-Paiva, M. I. Duncan, R. Ern, E. M. J. Laetz, L. A. Levin, M. Lindmark, N. M. Lucey, L. R. McCormick, J. J. Pierson, R. Rosa, M. R. Roman, E. Sampaio, P. M. Schulte, E. A. Sperling, A. Walczyńska, A. and W. C. E. P. Verberk. 2022. Integrative Approaches to Understanding Organismal Responses to Aquatic Deoxygenation. Biological Bulletin. 243(2). doi: 10.1086/722899

Pierson, J. J., J. M. Testa, and M. R. Roman. 2022. Copepod habitat suitability estimates vary among oxygen metrics in Chesapeake Bay. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 79(3): 855–867. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsac019

Khalifa, U., V. Ebenezer, and J. J. Pierson, 2022. Elevated temperature and low pH affect the development, reproduction, and feeding preference of the tropical cyclopoid copepod Oithona rigida. International Journal of Environmental Studies :1-17. doi: 10.1080/00207233.2022.2044680

Bentley, K., J. J. Pierson, and P. M. Glibert. 2021. Physiological Responses of the Copepods Acartia tonsa and Eurytemora carolleeae to Changes in the Nitrogen:Phosphorus Quality of Their Food. Nitrogen. 2(1):62-85. doi: 10.3390/nitrogen2010005

Morison, F., J. J. Pierson, A. Oikonomou, and S. Menden-Deuer. 2020. Mesozooplankton grazing minimally impacts phytoplankton abundance during spring in the western North Atlantic. PeerJ. e9430. doi: 10.7717/peerj.9430

Liu Slater, W., J. J. Pierson, M. B. Decker, E. D. Houde, C. Lozano, and J. Seuberling. 2020. Fewer Copepods, Fewer Anchovies, and More Jellyfish: How Does Hypoxia Impact the Chesapeake Bay Zooplankton Community? Diversity. 12(1):35. doi:10.3390/d12010035

Hamilton, S., S. Bartell, J. Pierson, and D. Murphy. 2020. Factors Controlling Calanoid Copepod Biomass and Distribution in the Upper San Francisco Estuary and Implications for Managing the Imperiled Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus). Environmental Management. 1-15. doi:10.1007/s00267-020-01267-8

Millette, N. C., J. J. Pierson, and E. North. 2019. Water temperature during winter may control striped bass recruitment during spring by affecting the development time of copepod nauplii. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 77(1):300-314. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsz203

Glaspie, C.N., M. Clouse, K. Huebert, S. A. Ludsin, D. M. Mason, J. J. Pierson, M. R. Roman, S. B. Brandt. 2019. Fish Diet Shifts Associated with the Northern Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone. Estuaries and Coasts. 42(8):2170-2183. doi:10.1007/s12237-019-00626-x

Stoecker, D. K., Pierson, J. J. 2019. Predation on protozoa: its importance to zooplankton revisited. Journal of Plankton Research. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbz027

Roman, M. R., Brandt, S. B., Houde, E. D., and Pierson J. J. 2019. Interactive Effects of Hypoxia and Temperature on Coastal Pelagic Zooplankton and Fish. Frontiers in Marine Science. 6:139. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00139

Plough L. V., Fitzgerald, C., Plummer, A., and Pierson J. J. 2018. Reproductive isolation and morphological divergence between cryptic lineages of the copepod Acartia tonsa in Chesapeake Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 597:99-113. doi:10.3354/meps12569

Franzè, G., Pierson, J. J., Stoecker, D. K. and Lavrentyev, P. J. 2018. Diatom-produced allelochemicals trigger trophic cascades in the planktonic food web. Limnology and Oceanography. 63(3)1093-1108. doi:10.1002/lno.10756

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. 62(2):836-845. 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. Franzè, 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

 

Books and Book Chapters

Pierson, J., E. Camatti, R. Hood, T. Kogovšek, D. Lučić, V. Tirelli, and A. Malej. 2021. Mesozooplankton and Gelatinous Zooplankton in the Face of Environmental Stressors. In: Malone, T. C., A. Malej, and J. Faganeli. (Eds.) Coastal Ecosystems in Transition: A Comparative Analysis of the Northern Adriatic and Chesapeake Bay. Geophysical Monograph Series, American Geophysical Union and John Wiley and Sons, Inc. doi: 10.1002/9781119543626

Pierson J. 2019. Marine Plankton Communities. In: Cochran, J. K.; J. H. Bokuniewicz,; L. P. Yager, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, 3rd Edition, 1:574-581. Oxford: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10798-5

Roman, M. R. and J. J. Pierson. 2019. Chapter 8.6: Estuarine and Costal Plankton. In: Laffoley, D. & J.M. Baxter (eds.). 2019. Ocean deoxygenation: Everyone’s problem - Causes, impacts, consequences and solutions. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. xxii+562pp.doi: 10.2305/IUCN.CH.2019.13.en

Pierson, J. J., Benfield, M. In Review. Zooplankton. In: Day, J., Crump, B., Testa, J., and Dutton, K. (Eds.) Estuarine Ecology. Wiley Publishing.

 

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., P. Lavrentyev, M. Bastianini. Plankton trophic dynamics driven by diatom cytotoxins. oral presentation at 2019 Aquatic Sciences meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Pierson J.J., N. Nidzieko, C. Fitzgerald, & M. Roman, Copepod vertical migration and mortality: Cross-channel variability and interaction with deoxygenated bottom water affect copepod population dynamics in an estuary. Poster Presentation at Ocean Sciences Meeting, 2018, Portland, OR.

Pierson J.J., M. Roman, W. Slater, & D. Elliott. Sex-specific effects of deoxygenation and temperature on copepod vertical migration and distribution. Oral presentation at 2017 CERF meeting in Providence, RI.

Pierson J.J., L. Harris, P. Maldonado-Rivera, R. Montoya Ospina, J. Cornwell, J. Clark, F. Moser. Lessons learned from building, developing, and running a hybrid REU program in Puerto Rico. Oral presentation at 2017 CERF meeting in Providence, RI.

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

 

Teaching and Training


Member, UMCES Graduate Faculty
Member, MEES Faculty and USM Inter-Institutional Graduate Faculty

University System of Maryland Courses Taught

  • MEES 637 Zooplankton Ecology, 3 credits (formerly MEES 698G) Autumn 2018, 2019, 2021 (autumn odd years from 2019 onward)
  • MEES 718W - Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in environmental science, Spring 2022, co-taught with Clara Fuchsman and Cindy Palinkas
  • MEES 718D Ocean Deoxygenation, Issue Study Course, Spring 2020, co-taught with Clara Fuchsman
  • MEES 608I (Spring 2017): Phytoplankton Blooms, 1 credit seminar, co-taught with Greg Silsbe

Outside USM

GESC 300 & GESC 300L Earth System Science, Summer 2018, 2019, 2020 (Virtual) Universidad del Turabo. 4 credit intensive summer undergraduate earth system science course taught as part of NSF funded Centro TORTUGA project.

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

 

Student Training

Committee Chair
Nicole Millette (PhD) – Graduated 2016
Katherine Liu (PhD) – Graduated 2019
Catherine Fitzgerald (PhD)

Committee Member
Dani Quil (MS)
Nina Santos (PhD)
Shannon Hood (PhD)
Anna Davis, College Park (PhD, 2021)
Christine Knauss (PhD, 2021)
Katherine Hornick, Horn Point Laboratory (PhD, 2020)
Morgan Ross (MS, 2021)
Ali Barba, Horn Point Laboratory (MS, 2015)
Katherine Bentley, Horn Point Laboratory (MS, 2014)
Adam Wickline, University of Delaware (MS, 2016)
Jake Goodwin, Horn Point Laboratory (PhD, 2015)
Hillary Lane, College Park (PhD, 2017)
Wei Liu, Horn Point Laboratory (PhD, 2017)
Ejiro Mayor, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (PhD, 2015)
Efeturi Oghenekaro, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (PhD, 2015)
Brianne Walsh, Horn Point Laboratory (MS, 2012)

Research Internships Supervised
Alison Aceves, REU student, Summer 2015
Gabrielle King, REU student, Summer 2014
Alberto Rivera, REU student, UPR Bayamon, Summer 2014
Eduardo Perez, REU student, UPR Bayamon, Summer 2014
Cristina Villalobos, REU student, Summer 2013
Isabel Sanchez, PR REU student, Summer 2013
Carlos Mota, PR REU student, Summer 2013
Carolina Mendez, REU student, Summer 2012
Luis Rivera, PR REU student, Summer 2012
Sheyla Acevedo, PR REU student, Summer 2012
Daniel Yeager, COSEE intern, Hampton University, Summer 2010
Lenise Goggins, COSEE intern, Hampton University, Summer 2010
Carol Smith, COSEE teacher intern, Summer 2010
Diane Lee, COSEE teacher intern, Summer 2010
William Ludt, REU student, Summer 2008
Marsha-Gail Davis, REU student, Summer 2009

 

Outreach and Service

 

Service outside of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences

Service within the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

UMCES Learning Outcomes Committee, 2019 – 2022
UMCES Self-Study Working Group 5, 2019 – 2021
UMCES Website Redesign Committee, 2015 – 2017
MEES Program Committee, 2015 – 2016

Horn Point Laboratory Committees

  • DEIC Committee
  • Education Committee 2010 – 2012, 2016 – Present, Chair 2018 – 2020
  • Boat Committee

Public Outreach

  • Panelist for “Plastic Pollution & Solutions on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore!” for the Lower Eastern Shore Sierra Club Group, February 10, 2022.
  • Talbot County Public Schools, Gifted and Talented Program, Sixth Graders, “Collecting Plankton with ROVs”. Collaborative project including Washington College Center for Environment and Society, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office Environmental Literacy, and Assemble. Students learn about plankton ecology and marine food webs, construct scientific questions about plankton communities in class, then participate in a field trip to the Horn Point Laboratory where they design and deploy an Aquabotz ROV to collect plankton to answer their scientific questions.  Since 2017
  • Plankton 101: Training class for shipboard instructors for Maryland Living Classrooms, Baltimore, MD, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, virtual in 2020
  • Born to float alone: the Natural History of Plankton. Presentation for the Natural History Society of Maryland, Virtual. April 15, 2021

Media Mentions

Horn Point Lab to study microplastics in Choptank watershed. Star Democrat, January 9, 2022. https://www.stardem.com/news/local_news/horn-point-lab-to-study-microplastics-in-choptank-watershed/article_095b7d55-e231-5fc7-b1ca-4df8c56f1fa6.html
UMD Studies Microplastics in Water. Fox 5 DC, January 10, 2022. https://www.fox5dc.com/video/1021570
Does Science Matter, UMCES Podcast, 2017: http://www.umces.edu/news/why-does-science-matter-umces-scientists-weigh

 

 

James J. Pierson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor



2020 Horns Point Rd.
Cambridge, MD 21613

410.221.8218
jpierson@umces.edu

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