Jim McClintock, PhD


Jim is the Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has published 276 peer-reviewed scientific publications, edited and written books, been invited to make numerous scientific and popular science presentations, and his research has been featured in a variety of public media outlets including NPR, National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American Magazine, CNN, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and The Weather Channel, and many more. He has been an invited speaker for ‘TEDx’ and ‘The Moth and has served on workshops sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences on Climate Change and Polar Ecosystems.  He recently returned from his 15th research expedition to Antarctica where over the past two decades he and his research collaborators have become among the world’s authorities on Antarctic marine chemical ecology and drug discovery.  His expertise on the ecological impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine life of the Antarctic Peninsula has garnered numerous invited lectures and he writes in the popular literature on this timely topic.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions.  He has won the Wright A. Gardner Award for the most outstanding scientist in the state of Alabama and served on the Advisory Board of the EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.  In June 2018, the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, represented by 43 member nations, awarded him their inaugural Medal for Education and Communication.  This December 2018, he was announced as the national face of the Nature Conservancy’s ‘Can We Talk Climate’ pledge campaign.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy, and a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club. In 1998 the United States Board on Geographic Names designated the geographic feature “McClintock Point” in honor of his contributions to Antarctic science.