Provost Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1981.
James Wee joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1988. Dr. Wee's research focuses on molecular systematics and the evolution and ecology of golden-brown algae using molecular and morphological methods. Current interests focus on the role of crude oil contamination and salinity on chain-forming diatoms and synurophyte flagellates in the Lake Pontchartrain basin estuary and coastal Gulf of Mexico. This new research effort utilizes various microscopic (electron, fluorescent and DIC microscopy) and molecular (quantitavie PCR, DNA barcoding) methods with field sampling and laboratory experiments of clonal cultures isolated from the estuary.