James J. McCarthy

Professor of Biological Oceanography
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography
Acting Curator of the Malacology Department in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

Phone: 617-495-2330
E-mail:
Office: 503 / 507 MCZ Labs
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Lab Website: http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/mccarthy/McCarthyLab.html


Studies address factors that regulate the processes of primary production and nutrient supply in upper ocean, approached using controlled laboratory studies and field investigations. Study sites range from near shore to the open ocean. Recent and current field research sites include the North Atlantic, equatorial Pacific, and Arabian Sea.


Recent Publications


McCarthy JJ, Yilmaz A, Coban-Yildiz Y, Nevins JL, 2007. Nitrogen cycling in the offshore waters of the Black Sea. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 74: 493-514.

Frumhoff PC, McCarthy JJ, Melillo JM, Moser SC, Wuebbles DJ, 2007. Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: Science, Impacts, and Solutions. Synthesis report of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA). Cambridge, MA. Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). (146 pp).

McCarthy JJ, 2008. The Arctic Ocean in the 21st Century. The American Prospect, 19(12): A10-A11.

McCarthy JJ, 2009. Reflections on: Our planet and its life, origins, and futures. Science 326: 1646-1655.

Roman J, McCarthy JJ, 2010. The Whale Pump: Marine Mammals Enhance Primary Productivity in a Coastal Basin. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13255. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013255.

Roman J, Estes JA, Morrisette L, Smith C, Costa D, McCarthy JJ, Nation JB, Nicol S, Pershing A, Smetacek V, 2014. Whales as marine ecosystem engineers. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12: 377-385. doi:10.1890/130220.

Fogarty MJ, McCarthy JJ (eds), 2014. Marine Ecosystem Based Management, The Sea, Vol. 16, Harvard University Press.


Courses Taught


OEB 118. Biological Oceanography
OEB 157. Global Change Biology (with P. Moorcroft)
OEB 255. Nature and Regulation of Marine Ecosystems
OEB 345. Biological Oceanography
ESPP 90j. Environmental Crises and Population Flight (with J. Leaning)
SLS-22. Human Influence on Life in the Sea (with R. Woollacott)