James Cloern

Biography

James (Jim) Cloern is a senior research scientist at the USGS where he has worked since 1976. His research addresses comparative ecology and biogeochemistry of estuaries to understand how they respond as ecosystems to climatic-hydrologic variability and human disturbance. He leads a team investigation of San Francisco Bay that has included study of primary production, nutrient cycling, algal and zooplankton community dynamics, ecosystem metabolism and food web dynamics, disturbance by introduced species, Bay-Ocean connectivity, ecosystem restoration, and projected responses to climate change. Jim has been a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille, mentored 12 postdoctoral scientists and 20 graduate students from 6 countries, served as Co-Editor of Estuaries and Coasts, and is Senior Editor of Limnology and Oceanography Letters.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Comparative ecology and biogeochemistry of estuaries, directed to understand how they respond as ecosystems to climatic-hydrologic variability and human disturbance. Research is focused around a long-term (40 year) team investigation of San Francisco Bay that has included study of primary production, nutrient cycling, algal and zooplankton community dynamics, ecosystem metabolism and food web dynamics, disturbance by introduced species, Bay-Ocean connectivity, ecosystem restoration, and projected responses to climate change.

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. 1970, Zoology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.S. 1973, Zoology (fisheries biology, limnology)
Washington State University, Ph.D. 1976, Zoology (limnology, ecological modeling)

Professional Studies/Experience

  • 1999-present: Senior Research Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA
  • 1997-present: Consulting Professor, Stanford University, Department of Civil & Env. Engineering
  • 2005: Chercheur Associé, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Brest, France
  • 2005: Instructor, Ecole Doctorale, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France
  • 2000: Visiting Scientist, National Environmental Research Institute, Roskilde, Denmark
  • 1976-1999: Research Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA
  • 1997-1998: Lecturer, University of California-Santa Cruz, Department of Earth Sciences
  • 1996: Visiting Lecturer, Second Institute of Oceanography, Hangzhou, China
  • 1993: Distinguished Visiting Scientist, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1993-1994: Directeur de Recherche, Université d’Aix-Marseille II, France

Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices

  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2016
  • Sustaining Fellow, Association for Advancement of Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, 2015
  • Ruth Patrick Award, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, 2015
  • Brown-Nichols Achievement Award, Delta Science Program, 2012
  • Ian Morris Scholar in Residence, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, 2012
  • B.H. Ketchum Award, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2010
  • Laura Randall Schweppe Endowed Lecturer, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, 2009
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2008-present
  • Golden Screen Award, National Association of Government Communicators, 2003
  • U.S. Department of Interior Distinguished Service Award, 2000
  • USGS Shoemaker Communications Award, 1998
  • Fulbright Research Scholar, 1993-94
  • NATO Collaborative Research Grant Award, 1993
  • U.S. Department of Interior Meritorious Service Award, 1991