James "Bo" Dame

Associate Professor of Physical Sciences

Contact Information

(252) 398-6261

Of the many wonderful attributes of Chowan, there are three things that stand out to me. 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 10 years 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 resource manager in Biscayne National Park, as 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

Courses Taught

  • General Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Ecological Field Techniques
  • Geographic Information Systems

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

  • Awards
    Sea Grant Fellowship, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Research Grant, National Science Foundation
    Research Grant, Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research Project
    Outstanding Contribution Award, Tropical Audubon Society
    Special Achievement Award, National Park Service

    Christian, R.R., M.M. Brinson, J.K. Dame, G. Johnson, C.H. Peterson, and D. Baird. 2009. Ecological network analysis and their use for establishing reference domain in functional assessment of an estuary. Ecological Modeling 220:3113-3122.

    Dame, J.K., and R.R. Christian. 2008. Evaluation of ecological network analysis: Validation of output. Ecological Modeling 210:327-338.

    Dame, J.K., and R.R. Christian. 2007. A statistical test of network analysis: Can it detect differences in food web properties? Ecosystems 10:906-923.

    Dame, J.K., and R.R. Christian. 2006. Uncertainty and the use of network analysis for ecosystem-based fisheries management. Fisheries 31(7):331-341.

    Christian, R. R., J. K. Dame, G. Johnson, C. H. Peterson, and D. Baird. 2004. Monitoring and Modeling of the Neuse River Estuary, Phase 2: Functional assessment of environmental phenomena through network analysis. UNC-WRRI Report 343-E. Raleigh, NC. 93 pp.

    Dame, J.K. 1995. Resource Management Plan for Biscayne National Park. U.S. Department of Interior. Biscayne National Park, Homestead, FL. 101 pp.

    Dame, J.K. and H.L. McGuire. 1994. Inventory of habitat and survey of nesting pairs of the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) within Redwood National Park. U.S. Department of Interior. Redwood National Park, Arcata, CA. 51 pp.

    Hobbs, C.H. and J.K. Dame. 1992. Very-high resolution, seismic-reflection profiling and other acoustic techniques with examples from Virginia. In: Geyer, R.A. (ed.), CRC Handbook of Geophysical Exploration at Sea, Hard Minerals. CRC Press. Boca Raton. Pp. 193-211.

    Kimball, S.M., J.K. Dame, and C.H. Hobbs. 1991. Investigation of isolated sand shoals on the inner shelf of southern Virginia. VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA. 132 pp.

    Kimball, S.M., and J.K. Dame. 1989. Geotechnical evaluation of sand resources on the inner shelf of southern Virginia. VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA. 44 pp.