Dr. James “Bo” Dame
Professor of Biology & Physical Science
“Three things stand out to me about Chowan University. First, the small class sizes allow faculty to get to know their students and follow their growth and development. Second, the background and quality of the faculty is outstanding especially given the small size of the school. And third, Chowan’s proximity to a diverse array of natural habitats and public lands provide the opportunity for numerous real-world learning experiences.”
Dr. Dame has over a decade of experience in public lands management and environmental policy. This includes positions with the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska, as a geologist in Redwood National Park, as a resource manager in Biscayne National Park, as a legislative fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources, and as northern sites manager for the North Carolina Coastal Reserve.
- PhD, Coastal Resources Management/Coastal Ecology, East Carolina University
- MA, Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary
- BS, Geological Sciences, Lehigh University
Geographic Information Systems
Physics (algebra & calculus based)
Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Chowan University, 2022
Community Service Award, Chowan University, 2022
Finalist for the 2021 Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year Award
Finalist for the McDowell Columns Scholar Prize 2021, 2019, 2018
Dame, J. K., and H. L. McGuire. 2021. Water Quality and Ecological Monitoring Associated with Habitat Restoration at the Tall Glass of Water Project, Merry Hill, NC. Funded by Bertie County through a NC Environmental Enhancement Grant. $28,000.
Dame, J. K., and H. L. McGuire. 2021. Prothonotary Warbler Breeding Biology and Nest Success at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Funded by the National Wildlife Refuge Association. $4,000.
Represents part of a larger project that involves 5 sites in Northeastern North Carolina: Chowan University’s Meherrin River Field Site, Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve, Alligator River National WildlIfe Refuge, Bertie County’s TGOW site, and Audubon’s Pine Island Sanctuary.
Dame, J. K., and H. L. McGuire. 2019. Pilot Study of Currituck Sound Submerged Aquatic Vegetation: Determining Change in Community Composition at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge. Funded by United States Fish & Wildlife Service. $7,455.
Dame, J. K., and H. L. McGuire. 2019. River Herring Spawning Status in a Tributary of the Meherrin River. Funded by North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. $1,885.
Dame, J. K., and B. C. Duffy. 2018. Water Quality Monitoring in Cashie River in vicinity of the Town of Windsor. Funded by NC Land of Water. $3,420.
Dame, J. K., and H. L. McGuire. 2016. Wetland Monitoring at Pine Island Sanctuary and Currituck Banks National Estuarine Research Reserve in Currituck Sound. Funded through a Community Collaborative Research Grant (with Audubon North Carolina and North Carolina Coastal Reserve) from North Carolina Sea Grant. $19,250.
This project is highlighted in Secrets of Currituck Sound (an episode of public television’s NC Science Now) and two issues of Coastwatch Magazine – Coastal Collaborations (Summer 2016), and Collaborative Research on the Outer Banks (Winter 2017).
Member, Environmental Justice Subcommittee, APNEP-STAC Member, Leadership Council, Currituck Sound Coalition (CSC)
Member, Marsh Conservation Working Group, CSC
Member, American Meterological Society
Member, Atlantic Estuarine Research Society
Member, Carolina Geological Society