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James Pinckney

Title: Professor
Director of the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Coastal and Marine Research
Department: Biological Sciences; Earth, Ocean and Environment
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-5288
Office: EWS, Room 609
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment
Department of Biological Sciences
Jay Pinckney


  • Marine Ecology
  • Evolution


I'm a marine ecologist who studies how marine ecosystems work, especially in terms of how they process energy derived from microscopic plants (phytoplankton and microalgae). Most of my work is conducted in estuarine and coastal waters, including the Gulf of Mexico, San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, North Inlet Estuary on the South Carolina coast, and Galveston Bay, Texas.


Pinckney, J.L., A. Quigg, D. Roelke. 2017. Interannual and seasonal patterns of estuarine phytoplankton diversity in Galveston Bay, Texas, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 40:310-316. (DOI 10.1007/s12237-016-0135-8).

*Kline, A., J.L. Pinckney. 2016. Size-selective toxicity effects of the antimicrobial tylosin on estuarine phytoplankton communities. Environmental Pollution 216:806-810.

Pinckney, J.L., T.L. Richardson. 2016. Phytoplankton diversity in the oligotrophic northwestern Sargasso Sea. Pgs. 239-250.  In: P. Glibert & T. Kana (eds.). Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry: A Dual Perspective, Springer.

*Reed, M.L., J.L. Pinckney, C.J. Keppler, L.M. Brock, S.B. Hogan, D.I. Greenfield. 2016. The influence of nitrogen and phosphorus on phytoplankton growth and assemblage composition in four coastal, southeastern USA systems. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 177:71-82.

Dash, P., J.O. Ikenga, S. Silwal, J.L. Pinckney, Z. Arslan, R.E. Lizotte. 2015. Water quality of four major lakes in Mississippi, USA: Impacts on human and aquatic ecosystem health. Water 7:4999-5030.

*Gordon A., T. Richardson, J.L. Pinckney. 2015. Ecotoxicology of bromoacetic acid on estuarine phytoplankton. Environmental Pollution 206:369-375.

*Dorado, S., *T. Booe, *J. Steichen, *A. McInnes, *R. Windham, *A. Shepard, *A.E.B. Lucchese, *H. Preischel, J.L. Pinckney, S.E. Davis, D.L. Roelke, A. Quigg.  2015. Towards understanding of the interactions between freshwater inflows and phytoplankton communities in subtropical estuaries. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0130931. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0130931.

Pinckney, J.L., C.R. Benitez-Nelson, R.C. Thunell, F. Muller-Karger, L. Troccoli, R. Varela. 2015. Phytoplankton community structure and depth distribution changes in the Cariaco Basin between 1996 and 2010. Deep-Sea Research I  101:27-37.