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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 most adventurously- 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 December in the Carlson lab at UC Santa Barbara and am currently working as a postdoc in the Wilbanks lab.


Learn more about my research and areas of study below!


  • James AK, Carlson CA, Passow U, Brzezinski M. 2017. Increasing pCO2 enhances bacterioplankton removal of organic carbon. PLoS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0173145.

  • 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. doi.org/10.1002/lno.10063.


  • 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. doi.org/10.1002/lno.10042.


  • 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. doi.org/10.1016/j.marchem.2015.06.024.​

  • James AK, Kelly LW, Nelson CE, et al. Elevated pCO2 alters bacterial community composition and metabolic potential. Environmental Microbiology. In review.

  • James AK, Washburn L, Gotschalk C, Maritorena S, Alldredge A, Nelson CE, Hench JH, and Carlson CA. High resolution measurement of nearshore productivity enrichment around tropical islands. In preparation.​

  • 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.



Kelp Microbiome

Teaching and Mentoring

Ocean Acidification

Refugio Oil Spill

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