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James L. Pinckney Ph.D.

Director
Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences
University of South Carolina

Phone: 803-777-5288
Email: pinckney@sc.edu
Office: EWS 609
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Belle W. Baruch Institute
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC  29208 USA

Curriculum vitae: Download PDF
Website: https://phytoninja.com/
Jay Pinckney

Education
1992 - Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina
1987 - M.S., Biology, College of Charleston
1983 - B.S., Biology, College of Charleston

Professional Appointments at the University of South Carolina
Director, Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Professor, School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment

Research Interests
Marine Ecology.  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.

Teaching
MSCI 210: Oceans and Society; MSCI 575/BIOL 575: Marine Ecology; MSCI 599/BIOL 599: Data Collection and Analysis

Recent Publications
     *  indicates student author
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.