Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology
Campbell Hall 368
(205) 975-2525

Research and Teaching Interests: Invertebrate Zoology; Marine Invertebrate Chemical Ecology, Nutrition, and Reproduction; Ocean Acidification; Polar Marine Biology; Climate Change; Antarctic Marine Ecology

James McClintock. Office Hours: By appointment

  • BS, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • MS, University of South Florida
  • PhD, University of South Florida
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California Santa Cruz

James B. McClintock came to UAB in 1997 and has served as Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (1999-2003) and as Interim Dean of the Graduate School (2003-2005). His research has been funded continuously over the past 25 years by the National Science Foundation and focuses on aspects of marine invertebrate nutrition, reproduction, and primarily, Antarctic marine chemical ecology. His research has grown to include studies of the impacts of rapid climate change and ocean acidification on Antarctic marine algae and invertebrates.

He has published over 235 scientific publications, edited and written books, and been invited to make numerous scientific and popular science presentations. His research has been featured in a variety of media outlets including the NPR's Diane Rehm Show and “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discover, Scientific American, CNN, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and The Weather Channel. He has served on National Academy of Sciences workshops on Climate Change and Polar Ecosystems.

McClintock recently returned from his 14th research expedition to Antarctica where he and his research collaborators have become among the world’s authorities on Antarctic marine chemical ecology and drug discovery and have developed an award-winning interactive educational outreach web site (UAB In Antarctica). His expertise on the ecological impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine life of the Antarctic Peninsula has garnered numerous invited lectures and published pieces. His book Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land (Palgrave/MacMillan) was released in September 2012 and has garnered considerable national and international praise (www.lostantarctica.com). In June 2013, a video short based on his book was produced and released by the EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation that featured narration by Harrison Ford.

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  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Advanced Invertebrate Zoology
  • Tropical Ecology (study away, Bahamas)
  • Rainforest Ecology (study away, Costa Rica)
  • Galapagos Ecology (study away)
  • Antarctic Marine Ecology (study away)
  • Arctic Marine Ecology (study away)
  • The UAB Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • The UAB Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Outstanding Scholarship
  • The Wright A. Gardner Award for the most outstanding scientist in the state of Alabama, 2001
  • Advisory Board member, the EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, 2012
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • The United States Board on Geographic Names designated the geographic feature “McClintock Point” in honor of his contributions to Antarctic science, 1998