James Currie

James Currie

M.S. Student

Marine Biology

2150 Koyukuk Drive
236 Irving II
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220


Kenyon College
B.A. Biology and Film





James grew up in Maine, and graduated from Kenyon College in 2016 with a double major in biology and film. He has a background in aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry. After graduation, he worked as a science communicator for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. At the University of Alaska Fairbanks, James’s research focuses on understanding how ocean acidification is altering nearshore coastal marine ecosystems. His other interests include using storytelling, film and multimedia to increase public awareness about how our planet is changing.


Career Goals

My goal is to integrate ocean change research with storytelling, in order to spread awareness about how our planet is changing.


  • Science communication


Research Overview

High-latitude waters are some of the most commercially valuable and productive ecosystems on the planet. Unfortunately, they are also facing significant impacts from ocean acidification. My research uses a combination of remote sensing and field sampling to investigate trends in ocean pH in nearshore subarctic ecosystems. The goal of this research is to develop a baseline for Alaskan nearshore pH dynamics, and to establish how ocean acidification is altering these valuable ecosystems.



  • AAUS Scientific Diver


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