About Me

Baumann Curriculum Vitae

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Marine Sciences and the Biology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collaboration with the Castillo and Bruno labs. My research focuses on coral physiology, ecology, and biogeochemistry. I am broadly interested in:

  • Coral physiology and ecology
  • Coral thermal history and thermal tolerance
  • Acclimatization
  • Coral heterotrophy
  • Biogeochemistry
  • 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.


I received my B.S from The Ohio state University in Biology and Earth Sciences in 2011,  my M.S. from The Ohio State University in Earth Sciences in 2013, and my PhD from UNC Chapel Hill in 2018.  

PhD Dissertation: Characterizing coral acclimatization on the Belize Barrier Reef System using thermal history and holobiont physiology: Implications for Climate Change

MS Thesis: Acquisition and allocation of carbon to lipids of bleached and non-bleached P. compressa and M. capitata.

Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis: The effects of repeat bleaching on photosynthesis, metabolism, and feeding rates in three species of Caribbean coral.

 In addition to my research I am actively involved in outreach and science communication:

Science Communication: UNdertheCblog— a blog I founded with other UNC-CH graduate students (twitter: @underthecblog)

STEM Outreach: SciREN (The Scientific Research and Education Network)

You can also follow me on twitter @jbaumann3


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