James Grace, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist



Ph.D., Michigan State University

M.S., Clemson University

B.S., Biology, Presbyterian College 


2015 - present    Senior Research Scientist. U.S. Geological Survey, ST

2002 - 2014        Senior Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, GS-15

1993 - present     Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana

2002 - present     Affiliate Faculty, School of Renewable Natural Resources, LSU

1992 - 2002         Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Division

1990 - 1993         Professor, Department of Botany, Louisiana State University 

1985 - 1990         Associate Professor, Department of Botany, Louisiana State Univ.

1989                   Visiting Professor, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

1986                   Visiting Scientist, Div. Wildlife, CSIRO, Darwin, Australia

1980‑1985           Assistant Professor, Dept. Botany and Microbiology, Univ. Arkansas summer

1980      Assistant Professor,  Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State Univ.

After graduate school, he held faculty positions at the University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University, where he reached the level of Full Professor. He currently holds an Adjunct Professorship in Biology at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. In 2000, he received the millennium Meritorious Research Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists and in 2003 received the National Science Excellence Award from the U.S. Geological Survey. He was selected to be a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and promoted to the Senior Scientist ranks in 2014. In 2019 he received the designation of ‘Highly-Cited Researcher’ by the Web of Science in recognition of his scientific impact during the past decade. He has published over 200 papers and reports, including 3 books, one on competitive interactions, one on community analysis, and one on structural equation modeling. As of 2020, Grace has given over 200 invited lectures and workshops in 9 countries during his career.

Latest news releases related to our work:  

Selected as “Highly-Cited Researcher” by Web of Science. https://publons.com/researcher/1225096/james-grace/

Gabler, Osland, and Grace et al. 2016 featured in two press releases: 



Grace et al. 2016 Nature Paper one of the Top 1% of Science Stories of 2016. According to Altmetric, our work was among the top science stories of the year in 2016 (https://www.nature.com/articles/nature16524/metrics). The article was featured in 12 science news articles and discussed in 9 blog articles, in addition to being featured in Nature Magazine (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature16867.html).

Editor's Choice Award, Landscape and Urban Planning (2016). Also featured in The Atlantic: http://www.citylab.com/commute/2016/01/sprawl-social-mobility-ewing-chetty-krugman/431535/

Promoted to Senior Executive Service- Senior Scientist (2015): http://internal.usgs.gov/thecore/news/2015/03/16/announcing-our-newest-senior-scientists/

Elected Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (2014): http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3966

The Great Productivity-Diversity Debate: http://1560811.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/James+Grace+pt+1/0_yy2jc1c3/...

Recommended Reading by Faculty of 1000 (2014): http://f1000.com/prime/717961256?bd=1  

Nature (2013): http://www.nature.com/news/world-governments-establish-biodiversity-pane...  

News Coverage (2013): http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/04/louisiana_seafood_heal...  

USGS News Releases (2013): http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3544#.UVr1J7KPW8A

Science Perspectives piece (2011): http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6050/1709.full

National Science Foundation press release (2011): http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121691&org=DEB&from=news

USGS News Release (2010): http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2619

Press (2010): http://www.examiner.com/liberal-in-national/study-climate-change-adverse...

News (2010): http://www.climatecentral.org/breaking/blog/climate_in_context_a_60_year...

Conservation Maven (2010): http://www.conservationmaven.com/frontpage/predicting-the-performance-of...

USGS Genetics Program News Pick (2010): http://biology.usgs.gov/genetics_genomics/spotlight_2010.html  


For more news and information, search 'Jim Grace USGS'.


List of publications can be found at my Google Scholar Profile: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=53SGwowAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao  

Training website for structural equation modeling: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/wetland-and-aquatic-research-center/science...