James J. McCarthy

James J. McCarthy

Professor of Biological Oceanography
Acting Curator of the Malacology Department in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
James J. McCarthy

Faculty Support: Helene Ferranti

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

Roman J, Nevins JL, Altabet MA, Koopman H, McCarthy JJ. 2016. Endangered right whales enhance nutrient availability for primary prductivity in a tidally mixed basin. PLos ONE 11(6) e0156553.

Sanders JG, Beichman AC, Roman J, Scott JJ, Emerson D, McCarthy JJ, Girguis PR. 2015. Baleen whales host unique gut micro biome with similarities to both carnivores and herbivores. Nature Communications 6 (8285).


Fogarty MJ, McCarthy JJ ed. 2014. The Sea: Volume 16: Marine Ecosystem Based Management. Cambridge Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

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.


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


Contact Information

The Museum of Comparative Zoology Labs
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-2330



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