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3122 East Science Hall, Science & Engineering Complex
(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

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., University of California at Santa Cruz
  • M.S., University of South Florida
  • Ph.D., University of South Florida
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California Santa Cruz

James B. McClintock came to UAB in 1987 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 290 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.

To support Dr. McClintock’s Antarctica research, contributions can be directed to uab.edu/give/polarjim.

Explore Lost Antarctica
Explore the locations of Lost Antarctica through Google Earth. Download the Lost Antarctica .kmz file (zipped) and open it using the Google Earth app to experience the locations described in McClintock’s popular book.

McClintock recently returned from his 15th 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. 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.

In 2016, he spoke on stage at the Lincoln Center in New York City in a performance of ‘The Moth’ that was featured on NPR. This past year, he was elected as a Fellow in the prestigious Explorer’s Club, and stories of his life and career as a polar marine scientist served as the basis of a theatrical production scripted by a nationally renowned playwright.

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