NOAA Communicator – Issue 22 – November, 2012
James Morris, a National Ocean Service ecologist, works in the Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, N.C., conducting research on invasive species, aquaculture, and other issues that affect coastal ecosystems. The center is one of the NOS National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. In 2011, Morris received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his research on invasive species and marine aquaculture. His studies of invasive lionfish in the western Atlantic and Caribbean helped marine ecologists better understand how lionfish physiology drives the invasion. His studies also helped define the ecological impact of lionfish on reef fish communities and better understand the global threat lionfish pose to biodiversity. In addition, he contributed significantly to developing and improving low-impact aquaculture practices for coastal areas. He talks about his work to a variety of audience, from his peers to non-scientists to students.