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Ocean Acidification, Microbial Ecology, & the Microbiomes of the Sea


A Bit About Me

I am a backpacker, sailor, long-distance paddle-boarder, diver, surfer, and a Marine Scientist! I am fascinated by the interactions between microbes and their environment, and the impacts that these microscale interactions have on the globe. I completed my PhD in 2018 in the Carlson lab at UC Santa Barbara and am currently working as a postdoc with the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) in the Wilbanks and Carlson labs.


Learn more about my research and areas of study below!


  • James AK, English CE, Carlson CA, Wilbanks EG. (2020). Giant kelp microbiome altered in the presence of epiphytes. Limnology and Oceanography Letters.

  • James AK, Washburn L, Gotschalk C, Maritorena S, Alldredge A, Nelson CE, Hench JH, Leichter JJ, Wyatt SJ, and Carlson CA. (2020). An Island Mass Effect resolved near Mo’orea, French Polynesia. Front. Mar. Sci.​

  • Vidal-Martînez VM, Soler-Jimenez LC, Aguirre-Macedo ML, Mclaughlin J, Jaramillo AG, Shar JC, James AK, Hechinger RF, Kuris AM, Lafferty KD. (2017). Monogenea of fishes from the lagoon flats of Palmyra Atoll in the Central Pacific. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.713.14732 


  • Taucher J, Jones J, James AK, et al. (2015). Combined effects of CO2 on carbon uptake and partitioning by the marine diatoms Thalassiosira weissflogii and Dactyliosolen fragilissimus. Limnology and Oceanography.


  • Wear EK, Carlson CA, James AK, et al. (2015). Synchronous shifts in dissolved organic carbon bioavailability and bacterial community responses over the course of an upwelling-driven phytoplankton bloom. Limnology and Oceanography.


  • Lestcher RT, Knapp AN, James AK, et al. (2015). Microbial community composition and nitrogen availability influence DOC remineralization in the South Pacific Gyre. Marine Chemistry.​

  • James AK, Carlson CA, Wilbanks E. The lasting effects of the Refugio Oil Spill on microbes and the implications for the marine carbon cycle. In preparation.

  • Comstock J, Carlson CA, James AK, Nelson CE. Linkages between Bacterial and Archaeal community structure and biogeochemical variability around the islands of Mo’orea and Tahiti. In preparation.

  • Nelson, CE, Hench JL, Carlson CA, Remple K, James AK, Brooks AJ, Washburn L, Alldredge AL. Biogeochemical differentiation of coral reef habitats from the surrounding ocean. Nature Communications. In preparation.

  • McLaughlin J, Jaramillo A, Shaw J, Wood C, Vidal-Martinez V, Aguirre-Macedo M, Leopoldina M, James AK, Caselle J, Friedlander A, Brant S, Hechinger R, Kuris A, Lafferty K. Body size, density, biomass, and life stages of all organisms from the intertidal sand flats at Palmyra Atoll. Ecology. Submitted.



Kelp Microbiome


Teaching and Mentoring


Ocean Acidification


Refugio Oil Spill

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