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Julie Schram, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Animal Physiology 

907-796-6599 (Visit Website)

Anderson Bldg 205F, Juneau Campus



  • Ph.D Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2015)
  • M.S. Biology , University of Alabama at Birmingham (2010)
  • B.S. Biology, Western Washington University (2004)


  • Ecophysiology
  • Invertebrate and seaweed physiology
  • Trophic ecology
  • Chemical ecology
  • Ocean warming and acidification
  • Marine heatwaves


  • Schram JB, Sorensen HL, Brodeur RD, Galloway AWE, Sutherland KR (2020) Abundance, distribution, and feeding ecology of Pyrosoma atlanticum in the Northern California Current. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 651:97-110. DOI:
  • Galloway AWE, von Dassow G, Schram JB, Klinger T, Hill TM, Lowe AT, Chan F, Yoshioka RM, Kroeker KJ (2020) Ghost factors of laboratory carbonate chemistry are haunting our experiments. Biol Bull 239 (3) DOI:
  • Thomas M, Schram JB, Clark-Henry Z*, Shanks A, Galloway, AWE (2020) Juvenile Dungeness crabs (Metacarcinus magister) selectively integrate and modify the fatty acids of their experimental diets. Phil Trans B. DOI:
  • Schram, JB, Amsler, CD, McClintock, JB (2019) Contrasting chemotactic escape responses of the common Antarctic gastropod Margarella antarctica to four species of sympatric sea stars. Polar Science. DOI:
  • Schram, JB, Amsler, MO, Galloway, AWE, Amsler, CD, McClintock, JB (2019) Fatty acid trophic transfer of Antarctic algae to a sympatric amphipod consumer. Antarctic Science, 1-2. DOI:
  • Yoshioka, RM, Schram, JB, Galloway, AWE (2019) Eelgrass pathogen Labyrinthula zosterae synthesizes essential fatty acids. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 135, 89-95. DOI:
  • Dethier, MN, Hoins, G*, Kobelt, J•, Lowe, AT, Galloway, AWE, Schram, JB, Raymore, M, Duggins DO (2019) Feces as food: The nutritional value of urchin feces and implications for benthic food webs. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 514, 95-102. DOI:
  • Hakim, JA, Schram JB, Galloway AWE, Morrow CD, Crowley MR, Watts SA, Bej AK (2019) The Purple Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus Demonstrates a Compartmentalization of Gut Bacterial Microbiota, Predictive Functional Attributes, and Taxonomic Co-Occurrence. Microorganisms 7, 35. DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms7020035

*indicate undergraduate co-authors


  • American Society of Naturalists (2013 – Present)
  • Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation (2019 – Present)
  • Ecological Society of America (2013 – Present)
  • Phycological Society of America (2020 – Present)
  • Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (2011 - Present)
  • Sigma Xi (2012 - Present)

Courses Taught:

  • Biol 103 Biology and Society
  • Biol 305 Invertebrate Zoology
  • Biol 310 Animal Physiology
  • Biol 410 Physiology of Marine Animals


I am an integrative biologist with an interest in how environmental factors influence organismal physiology and trophic ecology. I am currently working on projects that utilize biomarkers such as fatty acids and stable isotopes to investigate interactions between primary producers and consumers. My research has focused on the effects of ocean acidification, the reduction in seawater pH due to the increased absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide, on benthic invertebrates, from tropical and temperate to polar systems.

One of my primary areas of interest is focused on the effects of ocean acidification on benthic communities and as such have worked on research projects investigating the effects of the combined stressors of ocean acidification, seawater warming, and diet quality on a suite of Antarctic invertebrates and benthic community ecological interactions within invertebrate-macroalgal assemblages. As part of these studies, I have become interested in observing and documenting the natural variations currently experienced by marine organisms.


Tuesday/Thursday 1-4 pm


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