I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME). I am currently teaching Biology of Marine Organisms, a marine ecology course with an organismal biology focus. In Spring term I will teach a course titled “Ecology and Climate Change in Literature” which will feature readings from a diverse array of authors from genres such as science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction which explore concepts surrounding human interactions with the environment and anthropogenic global change. I will also teach an ecology research methods course including data analysis, programming, and grant writing skills.
My research focuses on coral physiology, ecology, and biogeochemistry. I am broadly interested in:
- Coral physiology and ecology
- Coral thermal history and thermal tolerance
- Coral heterotrophy
- Biogeographic range shifts
- The effects of climate change on reefs
- Human impacts on marine environments
- Marine policy and management
Learn more about my research and funding from the Rufford Foundation here.
For access to my code and R tutorials please see my GitHub page.
BS: Biology and Earth Sciences – The Ohio State University, 2011
Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis: The effects of repeat bleaching on photosynthesis, metabolism, and feeding rates in three species of Caribbean coral.
MS: Earth Sciences – The Ohio State University, 2013
MS Thesis: Acquisition and allocation of carbon to lipids of bleached and non-bleached P. compressa and M. capitata.
PhD: Marine Sciences – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018
PhD Dissertation: The impacts of anthropogenic global change and local human activities on reef-building corals on the Belize Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. PDF.
In addition to my research I am actively involved in outreach and science communication:
follow me on twitter @jbaumann3
UNdertheCblog— a blog I founded with other UNC-CH graduate students (twitter: @underthecblog)
STEM Outreach: SciREN (The Scientific Research and Education Network)
(diving photo credit: ML Parker Media)