Jim Barry serves as a member of the Fellowship & Curriculum Committee at the Center for Ocean Solutions. He is a benthic ecologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) studying several aspects of the biology and ecology of marine organisms and communities, with a principal interest in factors that influence the structure and function of marine biological communities. The current focus of Jim’s lab is the influence of changing ocean chemistry and temperature on marine ecosystems (the biology of a high-CO2 ocean). Current studies include laboratory and in situ studies of the physiological response of shallow and deep-sea organisms to ocean acidification, hypoxia, and warming – all factors linked to atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. Other topics range from the role of Monterey Canyon in the transport of materials across the continental margin, as well as its influence on canyon ecosystems, the ecology of chemosynthetic communities, links between climate changes and the ecosystem in the Ross Sea of Antarctica, and the biological effects of direct carbon dioxide sequestration in the deep-sea.
Jim was recipient of the 2008 Ricketts Memorial Award; a 1998 Pew Fellowship nominee, an ARCS fellow at the University of California, San Diego (1986); University of California Sea Grant Trainee-ship (1982-1984); a Scripps Industrial Associates Fellowship (1981) and an Antarctic Service Medal recipient (1971). Jim received his BA in Zoology and his MA in Biology (Marine science/wetlands biology) from San Jose State University and his Ph.D. in Oceanography form the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, La Jolla.
Barry, J.P. and Hall-Spencer, J. (in press) In situ perturbation experiments on ocean acidification. Chapter 2.6 in, Best Practices for Ocean Acidification Research, Geo-Mar.
Barry, J.P., Tyrell, T., Hansson, L., Gattuso, J-P. (in press). Atmospheric CO2 targets for ocean acidification perturbation experiments. Chapter 2.1 in, Best Practices for Ocean Acidification Research, Geo-Mar.
McClain, C.R., Barry, J.P. (in press). The Role of Abrupt Topography on Species Diversity in the Deep-Sea Benthos, Ecology
Lundsten, L., Barry, J.P., Cailliet, G.M. Clague, D.A., DeVogelaere, A.P., Geller, J.B. (2008) The distribution of benthic invertebrate communities at three seamounts off southern and central California, Marine Ecology Progress Series 374: 23-32
Pane, E.F., Grosell, M., Barry J.P. (2008). Hypercapnic tolerance of deep- and shallow-living crabs. Aquatic Biology, 4: 23-32.
Barry, J.P. & J.C. Drazen (2007). Response of deep-sea scavengers to mild hypercapnia and the odor from a dead grenadier. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 350: 193-207.