UAB Polar and Marine Biology Endowed Professor
It's so cold where UAB marine biologist James McClintock, Ph.D., chooses to work that in the past he has to drill and blast his way through 10 feet of solid ice just to get to the water where he does his research. But for McClintock, the icy realm of Antarctica is his passion, as is teaching UAB students, K-12 students, and the general public about the dramatic ecological impacts of rapid climate change on the marine life of the Antarctic Peninsula.
In fact, McClintock became a teacher because, "I love getting students interested in science." He also loves Antarctica, which he once described as being "like visiting another planet ... a fabulous, wild frontier where an incredible number of exciting discoveries are just waiting to be made."
Although McClintock, 58, will be working from UAB during this National Science Foundation-funded expedition that focuses on studies of potential impacts of ocean acidification on calcified marine organisms, given his fourteen past field expeditions to Antarctica – he will be sharing vicariously in the field season at Palmer Station and contributing regularly to the blogs on this web site.
McClintock's work in Antarctica in previous years earned him a distinction that few living people in the world have: a spot on the coast of Antarctica named McClintock Point in his honor by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. McClintock Point is at the end of a three-mile stretch of land known as Explorers Cove, where he has conducted much of his work. McClintock's work has been featured in numerous articles in publications, including American Scientist, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Nature, and the Wall Street Journal. His popular book Lost Antarctica – Adventures in a Disappearing Land released in October 2012 and written for a broad general audience has garnered national acclaim and excellent reviews by the likes of Bill Gates, EO Wilson, and Sylvia Earle. Interested readers can learn more about the book and where to purchase it at www.lostantarctica.com.
McClintock's passion for nature is reflected in his marine research, which is intellectually challenging and physically demanding. He keeps in shape and indulges his love of the outdoors with several activities, including playing racketball, camping, hiking, mountain biking, running and scuba diving. He also plays the guitar and sings; his preference is folk music.