Jamie Pierson


Jamie Pierson

Associate Professor
Jamie Pierson
Associate Professor
Horn Point Laboratory


I am a biological oceanographer that focuses on zooplankton ecology. Of particular interest to me is in the interactions between zooplankton, their predators and prey, and their habitat. Copepods are crustacean zooplankton that are likely the most numerous organism on earth, and they mitigate the flow of energy and material from primary proudcers like algae, which harness the energy of the sun for growth, and economically and ecologically important fish and shellfish.

The overarching goal of my work is to better understand how to integrate information gleaned from small-scale measurements of individual copepod behavior and biology with population and ecosystem level observations. To do this, I combine field work, laboratory experiments, and numerical modeling to test specific hypotheses about copepod feeding, vertical migration, and response to hypoxia and climate change. 

Meet the copepod Acartia tonsa

Video of Acartia tonsa, taken through the microscope.

Areas of Expertise

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Zooplankton Ecology
  • Trophic Dynamics
  • Copepods
  • Plankton Grazing


  • University of Washington, 2006, Ph.D., Oceanography
  • University of Washington, 2003, M.S., Oceanography
  • University of New Hampshire, 1996, B.S., Biology: Marine and Freshwater

Regularly Offered Courses

Graduate Program Foundation Areas