Joleah Lamb

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Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences
Ph.D., Australian Institute of Marine Science at James Cook University, 2014, Marine Biology
Phone: (949) 824-1187
University of California, Irvine
365 Steinhaus Hall
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Oceans & human health, marine disease ecology, coral reefs, ecosystem services, conservation biology, urban ecology, global change biology, ecosystem engineering, environmental microbiology, marine policy, water quality, satellite remote sensing
Academic Distinctions
2020 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
2020 Early Career Fellow, Ecological Society of America
2018 Outstanding Science & Engineering Early Career Alumni Award James Cook University
2014 University Dean's Scholar, Australian Institute of Marine Science & James Cook University
2010 University Vice Chancellor Medalist - Marine Biology & Aquaculture, James Cook University
2018 - 2019 Civil Engineering Development Fellow, The University of Queensland
2016 - 2018 Innovation for Impact Fellow, Cornell University & Environmental Defense Fund
2014 - 2016 NatureNet Science Fellow, Cornell University & The Nature Conservancy
2010 - 2014 Australian Government Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Marine Science & James Cook University
Wear S, Cunningham SK, Feller IC, Fiorenza EA, Friedlaender A, Gobbler C, Halpern BS, Hirashiki C, Lamb JB, Lovelock CE, McLean J, Nichols RC, Rogers R, Silliman B, da Piedade Silva D, Tuholske C, Vega Thurber B, Wenger A (Accepted). Wastewater impacts on estuarine and marine environments. Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science (2nd Edition).
Wakwella A, Wenger A, Jenkins A, Lamb JB, Kuempel K, Claar D, Corbin C, Falinski, Rivera A, H Grantham, Jupiter S (2023). Integrated watershed management solutions for healthy coastal ecosystems and people. Coastal Futures 1: E27.
Tarnas, MC, Ching C, Lamb JB, Parker DM, and MH Zaman (2023). Analyzing health of forcibly displaced communities through an integrated ecological lens. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 108(3):465-469.
Olander L, Mason S, Tallis H, Lamb JB, Masuda Y, Kramer R (2021). Climate change, ecosystem services and human health. Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice. Wiley & Sons Publishing. 537-560.

Vega Thurber RL, Mydlarz L, Brandt M, Harvell CD, Weil E, Raymundo L, Willis B, Langevin S, Tracy A, Littman R, Kemp K, Garren M and JB Lamb (2020). Deciphering coral disease dynamics: Integrating host, microbiome and the changing environment. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

Littman RL, Fiorenza EA, Wenger AS, Berry KLE, van de Water JAJM, Nguyen L, Aung ST, Parker DM, Rader DN, Harvell CD and JB Lamb (2020). Coastal urbanization influences human pathogens and microdebris contamination in seafood. Science of the Total Environment, (736) 139081.

Campbell Biology (2020). Plastic waste. Chapter 56: Conservation Biology and Global Change. Eds Urry L, Cain M, Wasserman S, Minorsky P, and J Reece. Pearson Publishing, p 1277 (12th Edition).

Galloway T, Haward M, Mason SA, Babayemi JO, Hardesty BD, Krause S, Lamb JB, Hinojosa IA , Horton A (2020). Science-based solutions to plastic pollution. One Earth (Cell Press), 2(1): 5-7.

Harvell CD and JB Lamb (2020). Disease outbreaks threaten marine biodiversity. Marine Disease Ecology. Eds Lafferty K, Behringer D, and Silliman B. Oxford University Press.

Raymundo L, Burge C and JB Lamb (2020). The role of disease ecology in marine conservation and management. Marine Disease Ecology. Eds Lafferty K, Behringer D, and Silliman B. Oxford University Press.

Darling ES, McClanahan TR, Maina JM, Gurney GA, Graham NAJ, Januchowski-Hartley F, Cinner JE, Mora C, Hicks CC, Maire E, Puotinen M, Skirving WJ, Adjeroud M, Ahmadia G, Arthur R, Bauman A, Beger M, Berumen M, Bigot L, Bouwmeester J, Brenier A, Bridge T, Brown E, Campbell S, Cannon S, Cauvin B, Chen C, Claudet J, Denis V, Donner S, Estradivari E, Fadli N, Feary D, Fenner D, Fox H, Franklin E, Friedlander A, Gilmour J, Goiran C, Guest J, Hobbs J, Hoey A, Houk P, Johnson S, Jupiter S, Kayal M, Kuo C, Lamb J, Lee M, Low J, Muthiga N, Muttaqin E, Nand Y, Nash K, Nedlic O, Pandolfi J, Pardede S, Patankar V, Penin L, Ribas-Deulofeu L, Richards Z, Roberts T, Rodgers K, Safuan C, Sala E, Shedrawi G, Sin T, Smallhorn-West P, Smith J, Sommer B, Steinberg P, Sutthacheep M, Tan C, Williams G, Wilson S, Yeemin T, Bruno JF, Fortin MJ, Krkosek M and D Mouillot. 2019. Social-environmental drivers inform strategic management of coral reefs in the Anthropocene. Nature Ecology and Evolution (3) 1341–1350.

Lamb JB, Pollock FJ, van de Water JAJM, Smith H, Schaffelke B, Willis BL, and DG Bourne (2019). Reduced diversity and stability of coral-associated bacterial communities and suppressed immune function precedes disease onset in corals. Royal Society Open Science 6, 190355.

Lamb JB, Willis BL, Fiorenza EA, Couch CS, Howard R, Rader DN, True JD, Kelly LA, Ahmad A, Jompa J, and CD Harvell (2018). Plastic waste associated with disease on coral reefs. Science 359, 460-462.

Lamb JB, van de Water JAJM, Bourne DG, Altier C, Fiorenza EA, Abu N, Hein MY, Jompa J, and CD Harvell (2017). Seagrass ecosystems reduce exposure to bacterial pathogens of humans, fishes and invertebrates. Science 355: 731-733. *Cover article

Page CA, Field SN, Pollock FJ, Lamb JB, Shedrawi G, and SK Wilson (2017). Assessing coral health and disease from digital photographs and in situ surveys. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 189 (18).

Lamb JB, Wenger AS, Devlin M, Cecarelli D, Williamson DH, and BL Willis (2016). Reserves as tools for mitigating marine disease. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: B. 371 (1689), 20150210.

van de Water JAJM, Lamb JB, van Oppen MJH, Heron SF, and BL Willis (2016). Measures of innate immunity for three major reef-building coral families are linked with local climatic conditions. Ecosphere 7 (11), e01505.

Kelly LA, Heintz T, Lamb JB, Ainsworth T, BL Willis (2016). Ecological and histopathological characterization of a novel plaque-like growth anomaly affecting a reef-building coral. Frontiers in Marine Science 3 (151).

Lamb JB, Williamson DH, Russ GR, and BL Willis (2015). Protected areas mitigate diseases of reef-building corals by reducing damage from fishing. Ecology 96 (9), 2555–2567.

Maynard JA, van Hooidonk R, Eakin CM, Puotinen M, Garren M, Williams GJ, Heron SF, Lamb JB, Weil E, Willis BL, and CD Harvell (2015). Climate projections of conditions that increase coral disease susceptibility and pathogen virulence. Nature Climate Change 5 (7), 688–694.

Lamb JB, van de Water JAJM, van Oppen, MJH, Willis BL, and Bourne DG (2015). Comparative immune responses of corals to injury, disease and stressors associated with offshore reef-based tourist platforms. Conservation Physiology 3 (1), cov032.

Hein MY, Lamb JB, Scott C, and BL Willis (2015). Assessing baseline levels of coral health in a newly established marine protected area in a global scuba diving hotspot. Marine Environmental Research 103, 56–65.

Lamb JB, Williamson DH, Russ GR, and BL Willis (2015). Protected areas moderate diseases of reef-building corals. Ecological Society of America 96 (4), 647-650.

Lamb JB, True JD, Piromvaragorn S, and BL Willis (2014). Scuba diving damage and intensity of tourist activities increases coral disease prevalence. Biological Conservation 178, 88–96.

Pollock FJ, Lamb JB, Field SN, Shedrawi G, Bourne DG, and BL Willis (2014). Dredging increases coral disease prevalence on nearby reefs. PLoS One, doi:10.1371/journal.pone. 0102498.

Maynard JA, Anthony KRN, Burgman MA, Harvell CD, Beeden R, Heron S, Lamb JB, and BL Willis (2011). Predicting outbreaks of a climate-driven coral disease on the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 30 (2), 485–495.

Lamb JB and BL Willis (2011). Using coral disease prevalence to assess the effect of concentrating tourism activities on offshore reefs in a tropical marine park. Conservation Biology 25 (5), 1044–1052.
2019 – 2022 Australian Research Council Discovery Program
2020 – 2022 California Sea Grant Kelp Recovery Research Program
Research Centers
UCI Sustainability Resource Center Advisory Board
UCI Solutions that Scale Faculty Affiliate
UCI Infectious Disease Science Initiative Faculty Affiliate
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