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James Pinckney

Title: Professor
Department: Biological Sciences; Earth, Ocean and Environment
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-7133
Office: Jones, Room 512
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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Department of Biological Sciences
Jay Pinckney


  • Marine Ecology
  • Evolution


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.


*Butz ,S.V., J.L. Pinckney, S. Apte, J.R. Lead. 2019. Uptake and impact of silver nanoparticles on the growth of an estuarine dinoflagellate, Prorocentrum minimum. NanoImpact (in press)

*Van Meerssche, E. and J.L. Pinckney. 2019. Nutrient loading impacts on estuarine phytoplankton size and community composition: Community-based indicators of eutrophication. Estuaries and Coasts 42:504-512.

Pinckney, J.L. 2018. A mini-review of the contribution of benthic microalgae to the ecology of the continental shelf in the South Atlantic Bight. Estuaries and Coasts 41:2070-2078.

*Knotts, E. and J.L. Pinckney. 2018. Carbonic anhydrase regulation of plankton community structure in estuarine systems. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 82:73-85.

*Van Meerssche, E., D.I. Greenfield, J.L. Pinckney. 2018. Coastal eutrophication and freshening: impacts on Pseudo-nitzschia abundance and domoic acid allelopathy. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 209:70-79.

Bringué, M., R.C. Thunell, V. Pospelova, J.L. Pinckney, O.E. Romero, E.J. Tappa. 2018. Physico-chemical and biological factors influencing dinoflagellate cyst production in the Cariaco Basin. Biogeosciences 15:2325-2348.

Pinckney, J.L., C.Tomas, K. Reale-Munroe, B. Castillo, Z Hillis-Starr, *E. Van Meerssche, *M. Zimberlin. 2018. Seasonal changes in phytoplankton community structure in a bioluminescent lagoon, St. Croix, USVI. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 81:109-124.

*Van Meerssche, E., J.L. Pinckney. 2017 Salinity effect on domoic acid allelopathy for estuarine phytoplankton communities. Harmful Algae 69:65-74.

Pinckney, J.L., *L Thompson, *S Hylton. 2017. Triclosan alterations of estuarine phytoplankton community structure. Marine Pollution Bulletin 119:162-168

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).


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