McCarthy, James

Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography and Acting Curator of the Malacology Department in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University

Professor McCarthy passed away in December 2019

James McCarthy's research interests relate to the regulation of plankton productivity in the sea, and in recent years have focused on regions that are strongly affected by seasonal and inter-annual variation in climate. 

About James McCarthy


James McCarthy was one of the architects of Harvard’s undergraduate degree program in Environmental Science and Public Policy. 

For the past 30 years, McCarthy served on national and international planning committees, advisory panels, and commissions relating to oceanography, polar science, and the study of climate and global change for federal agencies, intergovernmental bodies, and international organizations.

He was an author for regional, national, and global climate change assessments, was the Vice Chair of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment, and headed the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II assessment of impacts and vulnerabilities relating to climate change.

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