About Me


I am a PhD student in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I work in the Castillo Lab, focusing on coral physiology 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 and my M.S. from The Ohio State University in Earth Sciences in 2013. 

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 for science news and updates: @jbaumann3


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