Dr. James McClintock | What Antarctica Teaches Us About Leadership

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Dr. James McClintock | What Antarctica Teaches Us About Leadership

Dr. James McClintock

Posted on September 23, 2020

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“Antarctica will change you for the rest of your life. It’s almost impossible to visit Antarctica and not return as an ambassador to Antarctica.” — Dr. James McClintock

For nearly 40 years, Dr. James McClintock has been visiting Antarctica to study the desolate continent’s ecosystem and marine biology. More recently, the Polar and Marine Biology professor’s research has largely encompassed the impacts of rapid climate change on Antarctica. He’s also become an advocate for educating others on the ramifications of global warming.

In this episode of Leading with Genuine Care, learn what Dr. McClintock has learned during his 16 visits to the Antarctic, why climate change is rewriting our future, and how we can start smarter discussions about the effects of global warming.

In this episode, you’ll also learn:

  • About his fascinating Antarctic adventures and discoveries
  • How the Antarctic continent has changed since James began visiting
  • What Antarctica can show us about the health of the entire planet
  • How you can fight climate change
  • Why James wants everyone to go out and vote
  • If renewable energy is the key to a more sustainable future
  • What James studies in Antarctica
  • How studying organisms could help to cure serious diseases
  • About the challenges of getting to Antarctica 
  • What the impact of climate change will look like
  • Why discussing climate change is so important
  • The truth behind common green energy myths
  • What you can do to fight climate change
  • Why James wants everyone to 
  • About James’ experience with Bill Gates in Antarctica
  • What positive impact green and renewable energy could create

Connect with James McClintock


UAB in Antarctica

Dr. James McClintock on The Moth Storytelling Podcast

Read James’ Books

Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land

A Naturalist on Fishing: Casting in Fragile Waters from the Gulf of Mexico to New Zealand’s South Island

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More About James McClintock

Dr. James McClintock is the Endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He focuses on aspects of marine invertebrate nutrition, reproduction, and primarily, Antarctic marine chemical ecology. He and his team have become a worldwide authority on the ecology and the ecological impacts of climate change.

Dr. McClintock’s research has been funded continuously over the past 30 years by the National Science Foundation. Over the past fifteen years, his research has focused on climate change and ocean acidification on Antarctic marine algae and invertebrates. 

He has published 282 peer-reviewed scientific publications and his research has been featured in a variety of public media outlets including NPR, National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine.

His book Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land was released in September 2012. His second book A Naturalist Goes Fishing, released in November 2015, combines fishing adventures with an overview of pressing needs for freshwater and marine conservation. 

In June 2018, the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) awarded him their inaugural SCAR Medal for Education and Communication. In December 2018, he became the national face of the Nature Conservancy’s Can We Talk Climate campaign. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected Trustee of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and an elected Fellow of the Explorer’s Club.

In 1998 the United States Board on Geographic Names designated the geographic feature “McClintock Point” in honor of his contributions to Antarctic science.

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