James Gately is pursuing a Ph.D. in biological oceanography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a B.S. in marine biology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. James’ research interests center on how marine ecosystems are impacted by anthropogenically driven changes in ocean chemistry. He is currently investigating how ecologically and biogeochemically important groups of marine phytoplankton respond to seawater alkalinization. Prior to his academic career, James served seven years in the U.S. Navy as an information technology specialist.